New Orleans March 13. 18, 2006
The trash pile outside this house
doesn't quite reflect the work, as
FEMA already had come twice
and taken two larger loads away.
This entire house and those neigh-boring it were submerged during
Below, students clean the bedroom in a house that saw more
than three feet of water. The team
gutted only up to a four-foot mark
on the wall, so the upper portion
of the wall could be preserved.
At bottom, UNC junior David Holst
works in the kitchen of a home in
the Lower Ninth Ward, removing
what's left of the wood paneling
of this kitchen. Everything in the
kitchen had been under water.
. , - t~; " ..
."..' .-...•·.~..a.... ..... ' ~ 11,. 1
ii. ' I ..•.....................iit. .; ~."'.... .. 4"~"" '.~. ,,_ I ,~. <.., ' . ,
, L1'o-c _ .'~ - .'
,'" ~.. ~:':-"
The other was telling Naomi, the particularly intimidating Four Directions
leader, that we'd be leaving. She had
founded the organization right after Kat-
But with American Express card in
hand, we packed our tents, crammed into
the vans and made the two-hour trip to
New Orleans. We left shortly after 9 p.m..
Monday night, two days after we arrived.
As we pulled into New Orleans, I was
struck by the devastation as soon as we got
offI- 10.We were driving through a l
ow-income neighborhood. Many people said
it looked like a war zone.
I disagree. I think it looked worse.
There was no power, and we had to
weave our way between destroyed cars
strewn about the road. Trash piles reached
to the heavens; everything some people
owned was sitting at the curb.
CAROLINA ALUMN I R EV IEW