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Nat Geo’s Before and After Pictures May 19, 2009

Posted by Dan in Damage, Photos.
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National Geographic

National Geographic has a small gallery of before and after pictures from New Orleans. Here’s three that we found interesting.

Bridge over the Industrial Canal

Bridge over the Industrial Canal

Cars cross over New Orleans’ Industrial Canal to the city’s Lower Ninth Ward in July 2006. Below, two men paddle by the same bridge on August 31, 2005, two days after Katrina made landfall.

Canal Street

Canal Street

Canal Street regained its air of conflict on August 31, 2005, when a U.S. military vehicle patrolled the flooded avenue (bottom). In the immediate aftermath of Katrina, soldiers helped quell looting and attempted to restore order to New Orleans. Nearly a year later National Guard units are still assisting with law enforcement.

Named for a waterway that was never built, palm-lined Canal Street—shown at top in July 2006 is New Orleans’ main mass transit conduit, with streetcar and bus lines running down its center. The street separates the French Quarter and the American area. In the 19th century, when those two districts were in perpetual conflict, the thoroughfare was known as Neutral Ground.

The French Quarter

The French Quarter

A woman bicycles through New Orleans’ French Quarter in July 2006 (top).

A toppled brick wall littered the same street just after Hurricane Katrina battered the Louisiana city on August 29, 2005 (bottom). Sitting five feet (one and a half meters) above sea level, the historic district was relatively untouched by floodwaters that put other parts of New Orleans more than ten feet (three meters) underwater.

Some of these pictures (such as the third one above) were actually taken soon following the hurricane and compare Katrina’s damage to recovery afterward.

Click here to check out the whole gallery

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