New Orleanians Rebuild Their Shattered Lives, Alone

January 7, 2006

As 2005 passes into memory, New Orleans Times Picayune columnist Chris Rose writes in Cry Me a New Year that “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times … except for that ‘best of times’ part.”

Meanwhile, when residents and educators from nearby St. Bernard Parish learn that they cannot rely on FEMA to rebuild their shattered community, they say, “We’ll do it ourselves”.

The photograph was sent to me by my brother, John, who lives in Jefferson Parish and works in New Orleans. It shows the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet flooding a levee in St. Bernard Parish during Hurricane Katrina. As John wrote, “This picture is scary as hell and I won’t be surprised if it shows up in a few nightmares.”

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