More than NOLA

August 19, 2015

 

Stairs surrounded by overgrown grasses

(C) Copyright 2008 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

The photograph above was made in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans well after Hurricane Katrina had flooded the area.  Three years later, some had re-built-the houses in the background are part of Brad Pitt’s Make It Right effort-some had not.  The effects of Katrina on New Orleans both dominated the coverage at the time, and still appear to dominate the reportage of that storm.  However, another part of the legacy of Katrina is that she was big enough to have created wide-spread destruction throughout Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi as well as Louisiana.

To that end, please listen to and/or read this story about Bayou la Batre, which was broadcast on NPR this morning.  It is critical to remember and understand that the Gulf Coast was not only hammered by Katrina in 2005, but that the BP oil spill affected many of the same areas five years later.  The NPR report details how the effects of both continue to resonate.

Take care.

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