NEW ORLEANS — Monday marks 11 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Upper 9th Ward, a predominantly African-American neighborhood. Yet, the area remains littered with remnants of former residents’ shattered lives.
Blocks of storm-ravaged homes, piles of garbage and streets choked with vegetation serve not only as an eyesore to local residents, but also as a constant reminder of the tragedy that befell their city.
The city is “forgetting about us back here,” resident Roger Lewis Sr. told The Huffington Post. “We’re the same people that pay the same taxes, so why should we be put on that back burner after all these years? They rebuilt Canal Street, St. Charles and Mid-City and yet they’ve not rebuilt here.”
The photos below show the hurricane-scarred neighborhoods that look much like they did the day flood waters receded.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this report mistakenly identified Moton Elementary School as Morton Elementary School.