The deficient levees gave way and thousands of homes became soggy garbage. To date it is the most expensive hurricane in US history.
Downtown New Orleans and the French Quarter were largely spared since they were above sea level. Some New Orleans residents even say the hurricane cleaned up the city by washing out much of the riff raff. Of course you won’t hear them quoted in the news media.
It wasn’t until the RV Bunny and I drove outside of the downtown area that we really saw the devastation. Whole entire neighborhoods and office parks are abandoned, while some residents camp in their front yards in government issued FEMA trailers.
Recently the government has acknowledged that many of these trailers are toxic from formaldehyde. Apparently in the rush to supply thousands of trailers the builders did not properly dry the particleboard.
So these hideous windowless boxes on wheels are also toxic gifts for which the residents will sue US taxpayers for billions of dollars.
It’s all enough to make you sick. I can only imagine what South Florida will look like after the big one rolls in off the Atlantic. I expect it will make Katrina look like a rained out picnic.
Next Stop – Life on the Plantation