DO NOT BULLDOZE: Snapshots from the Lower Ninth


Snapshots from the Lower Ninth

Move through the Lower Ninth Ward.

(Click the polaroid titles to see their stories.)

Early on the morning of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall. A few hours later, New Orleans' levee system started failing.
More than 80% of the city sat flooded for weeks in up to 10 feet of water. Katrina killed nearly 2,000 people in what is to date the worst civil engineering disaster- in U.S. history.
In the months that followed, residents either came home to salvage what they could, or gave up and moved away. Those who returned often sought help from local churches with rebuilding.
Volunteers were put to work 'gutting' homes, emptying all flood-damaged possessions and tearing out drywall until only the studs of the homes remained.
The following snapshots of the aftermath were taken between May and August of that year, mostly in one of the neighborhoods damaged the most by flooding- the Lower Ninth Ward.

(Unless specified, all text and photos by Laura Finch)