Tag: Katrina

Bodies

Are still being found in New Orleans, in houses that have already been searched: NEW ORLEANS, April 5 — When August Blanchard returned to New Orleans from Pennsylvania in late December, his mother was still missing. Family members, scattered across…

Not To Be All Critical And Shit

But I’m not, I’m really not, trolling for praise in my Katrina posts. I do hear you, I appreciate your words of praise and encouragement, but I’d like to start a discussion on the issues of the FEMA fuckupedness and…

Storytelling

I mentioned in my earlier post that the St. Bernard Parish-area residents who used the community soup kitchen in Chalmette needed to tell their stories. Unlike my team member Chris, who wound up at the soup kitchen, I didn’t meet…

A Bit On The Lower Ninth Ward

Several members of my team* and I took a trip to the Lower Ninth Ward to survey some damage. I didn’t take any photos there, since I not only dislike disaster tourism, but I remember getting very pissed off at…

Hurricane Cleanup With Pictures

Hey all. I’m home now, enjoying the affections of my pets and my nice dry, entire, functioning home and thanking all that is good in the world that I no longer have to use a port-a-potty. In case you were…

Done

Finished our last house today. Well, didn’t finish, but we came close. This was the first house my team had had that hadn’t been touched since the hurricane. Um, wow. Stuff had floated around everywhere, the ceiling had collapsed, and…

Things I Have Learned

1. Sunscreen only works if you put it on. 2. Black mold smells bad, but water that leaks out of a refrigerator that’s been sitting for six months after being inundated by floodwater and sewage smells worse. 3. Drywall that’s…

Greetings from Chalmette, La.

Hi there — just a quick drop-in to let you know that I’m in Louisiana, at the base camp from where my Habitat group is operating to gut houses in St. Bernard Parish. I don’t get much internet time, so…

Since I’m Bogarting the Blog

Might as well share this story about the first post-Katrina Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Armed with sharp tongues and images such as the blue tarps that still protect broken roofs across the city, the clubs that stage Mardi Gras…