September 27, 2005

Escape from LA

My church is just one of many organizations sending volunteers to help those communities ground away by Hurricane Katrina. Our first team of volunteers was based out of Gretna, LA, and was in and around New Orleans from Sept. 17-22. They got out ahead of Hurricane Rita.

These are some of the images they captured.

This tractor and car were flipped by the storm surge, the garage or barn they were in was completely demolished. The large body of water in the background is probably Lake Ponchartrain.

If you can ever find the carpenter who put down this hardwood floor, hire him.

This railbed buckled under the force of the storm surge.

Even the worst of disasters can't strip some people of their sense of humor.

There are no quitters here.

More pictures are on the church's Katrina Relief Blog, which we will be adding to as we make more trips down to help. Everyone has their own set of talents, and as I am marginally capable of swinging a hammer, I hope to go down with one of the construction teams in coming months.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at September 27, 2005 08:49 PM | TrackBack

Darn shame about that tractor.....

Posted by: Mike at September 27, 2005 10:09 PM

That is a NICE looking floor.

Posted by: MikeM at September 27, 2005 10:40 PM

It is groups like yours that are helping us to rebuild in Louisiana and Mississippi. Thanks from Mississippi.

Are you sure those last 3 aren't from Mississippi? The one with the railrod tracks looks like Waveland.

Posted by: seawitch at September 28, 2005 12:39 AM


Not unless they got really lost. To the very best of my knowledge, these were taken within a fair distance of the base of operations in Gretna.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at September 28, 2005 12:43 AM

Thanks for sharing. Heartbreaking to see.

Posted by: DeeDee at September 28, 2005 07:48 AM

Yes, the third one is definitely from MS. A friend of mine sent out the same picture with the house on the train tracks and they were in MS over Labor Day.

Posted by: TN gal at September 28, 2005 11:31 AM

These pictures wer all taken by our youth minister in Louisiana. Katrina was a storm hundreds of miles wide, and therefore damaged train tracks all along the gulf seaboard.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at September 28, 2005 02:50 PM