www.kathryncramer.com > Katrina Floods New Orleans, 2005

Yesterday, August 30th, partly inspired and coordinated by my blog post New Orleans Levee Break(s) Before and After, a group of us, most of whom don't know each other and have never met, struggled to create a visual understanding of what was happening to New Orleans, using the tools to hand.

1. The Storm

1. The Storm

This is the best graphic of the actual storm I saw. It was created by NOAA's OSEI.


17th Street Levee Before

17th Street Levee Before

A Google Earth rendition of the seen of the biggest breach before it happened. Created by Google Earth user kevin.


17th Street Levee breech

17th Street Levee breech

Created by the Google Earth Current Events Community by superimposing a media image with a pre-flood satellite image.


A Before Google Earth Image of the Area of the Surekote Rd. Breach

A Before Google Earth Image of the Area of the Surekote Rd. Breach

Created by the Google Earth Current Events Community by superimposing a media image with a pre-flood satellite image.


Annotated photo of the  big 17th Street Breach

Annotated photo of the big 17th Street Breach

Looks like a new photo. I don't know if the news organzation circled the breach, or whether someone else did. Provenance unknown. I found it circulating on the internet. This image, along with one of Matthew Harris's first draft, inspired me to try amateur Before & After comparisons based on satellite imagery.


Bridge near Surekote Rd. breach

Bridge near Surekote Rd. breach

Peter Trei remarked of this one:
This one appears to be a highly foreshortened view of the bridge the carries State Hwy 39 over the short canal connecting the river and the Main Outfall canal.

The breach appears to be at opposite Jourdan Ave, near N Roman Street, at about 29 58 12.48 N 90 01 24.64 W

The thing I don't understand is that the water in this photo seems to be flowing INTO the canal.


Close-up annotated satellite picture of the location of the 17th Street Breach

Close-up annotated satellite picture of the location of the 17th Street Breach

Created by Matthew Harris using Google Earth, posted on Flickr.

(The satellite photo was taken before the hurricane at some indeterminate time.)


Downtown flood After

Downtown flood After

Created by the Google Earth Current Events Community using the superimposition technique.

The photographer had taken this at such a strange angle that I can see it was difficult to match up to the map. Nonetheless the story it tells, of a flooded city, is worth it. Disaster can make familiar places unrecognizable. Recognition of place is a pre-verbal faculty; perhaps it is even the neurological infrastructure upon which language is based. It is essential that destroyed places be made recognizable so that we can understand what happened.


Downtown flood Before

Downtown flood Before

The Google Earth satellite photo of Downtown before the flooding, created by the Google Earth Current Events Community.


Eastern side on the Mississippi

Eastern side on the Mississippi

Created by the Google Earth Current Events Community using the superimposition technique.


Flooding near I-10

Flooding near I-10

Created by the Google Earth Current Events Community by superimposing a media image with a pre-flood satellite image.


I-10 Bridge Out

I-10 Bridge Out

Created by the Google Earth Current Events Community by superimposing a media image with a pre-flood satellite image.


Locations of 2 different breaches on the 17th Street Canal

Locations of 2 different breaches on the 17th Street Canal

Created by Matthew Harris using Google Earth, posted on Flickr.

Special thanks to Patrick Nielsen hayden for assistance getting the French Quarter in the right place.


London St. levee breech

London St. levee breech

Created by the Google Earth Current Events Community by superimposing a media image with a pre-flood satellite image.


London St. levee breech - closer, w/out street grid

London St. levee breech - closer, w/out street grid

Created by the Google Earth Current Events Community by superimposing a media image with a pre-flood satellite image.


MSNBC scare graphic, superimposed on a satellite photo of the neighborhood

MSNBC scare graphic, superimposed on a satellite photo of the neighborhood

London Avenue Outfall Canal, opposite Pratt Street, a few houses south of the bridge carrying Robert E Lee Blvd. Created by Shawn 8/30/05.


NASA's First Katrina Before and After Comparison

NASA's First Katrina Before and After Comparison

From http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImages/images.php3"


Near Metarie Cemetary

Near Metarie Cemetary

Created by the Google Earth Current Events Community by superimposing a media image with a pre-flood satellite image.


Near Metarie Cemetary - another version

Near Metarie Cemetary - another version

Created by the Google Earth Current Events Community by superimposing a media image with a pre-flood satellite image.


New Orleans, Louisiana FEMA floodmap

New Orleans, Louisiana FEMA floodmap

Created by Shawn and the Google Earth Current Events Community using the superimposition technique.

Shawn says, FEMA published a map of flooded areas. The overlay is http://tehsquee.com/NOLA_FEMA_FloodMap.kmz. It's slightly off due to differences in projection between Google Earth,
and the map projection they used in (Probably a GIS software named
MapInfo)

But it gives a good idea. I guess that's my usual disclaimer.


Searches: 1215 Milan St.

Searches: 1215 Milan St.


Searches: 1245 Columbus St.

Searches: 1245 Columbus St.


Searches: 1245 Columbus St. Close up

Searches: 1245 Columbus St. Close up

hello i was trying to find the condition of my home my address was 1245 columbus st new orleans la 70116 my two dogs were left their if possible a picture or a web site were i can view my house or block
sincerely yours, ran out of new orlean

Closeup aerial view of the vicinity of 6100 Campus aquired 9/16 from Virtual Earth's new Katrina site.

The complete image is at
http://media.msnbc.msn.com/i/katrina/0914/after/LAORLE015006NeighObliq99N-000.jpg


Searches: 1430 Lesseps St.

Searches: 1430 Lesseps St.

Note the broken levee nearby.


Searches: 1430 Lesseps St.

Searches: 1430 Lesseps St.


Searches: 1430 Lesseps, Close Up

Searches: 1430 Lesseps, Close Up

Image aquired 9/16 from Virtual Earth's Katrina site.


Searches: 1501 Burbank Dr.

Searches: 1501 Burbank Dr.


Searches: 1515 Audubon

Searches: 1515 Audubon


Searches: 1515 Audubon St. Close up

Searches: 1515 Audubon St. Close up

Image aquired via Microsoft's VirtualEarth Katrina site, 9/16.


Searches: 1925 Peniston St.

Searches: 1925 Peniston St.


Searches: 2634 Republic St.

Searches: 2634 Republic St.


Searches: 35 Neron Pl.

Searches: 35 Neron Pl.


Searches: 4283 Michoud Blvd

Searches: 4283 Michoud Blvd

Close to NASA's Michoud facility, part of which appears in the image.


Searches: 4765 Western St.

Searches: 4765 Western St.


Searches: 4804 Frenchmen St.

Searches: 4804 Frenchmen St.


Searches: 5000 Marigny St.

Searches: 5000 Marigny St.


Searches: 5301 Cartier Avenue

Searches: 5301 Cartier Avenue


Searches: 6039 Providence Pl.

Searches: 6039 Providence Pl.


Searches: 6061 General Diaz St, New Orleans

Searches: 6061 General Diaz St, New Orleans


Searches: 6071 Patterson Dr.

Searches: 6071 Patterson Dr.

What are those long thin rectangles, which are not present on the Before satellite image. Train cars? Containers?

River barges, answers the man who lives (lived?) there.


Searches: 6100 Campus Blvd.

Searches: 6100 Campus Blvd.


Searches: 6100 Campus Blvd., closeup

Searches: 6100 Campus Blvd., closeup

Closeup aerial view of the vicinity of 6100 Campus aquired 9/16 from Virtual Earth's new Katrina site.

The complete image is at
http://media.msnbc.msn.com/i/katrina/0914/after/LAORLE012008NeighObliq32N-000.jpg


Searches: 6205 Marigny St.

Searches: 6205 Marigny St.


Searches: 6300 Amhurst St., Metarie

Searches: 6300 Amhurst St., Metarie


Searches: 6300 Paris Ave

Searches: 6300 Paris Ave


Searches: 6334 Mandeville St.

Searches: 6334 Mandeville St.


Searches: 6731 Westend Blvd

Searches: 6731 Westend Blvd


Searches: 7520 Mayo Blvd.

Searches: 7520 Mayo Blvd.


Searches: 8003 Wales St.

Searches: 8003 Wales St.


Searches: 929 N Dupre St.

Searches: 929 N Dupre St.


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