At the end of the month, a year will have passed since Hurricane Katrina hammered the Gulf Coast. Although people have slowly filtered back into the city, the Big Easy is still very much a shell of her former self.
Earlier this summer, local remodeler Mike Davis took editors Don Jackson and Patrick McCombe of THE JOURNAL OF LIGHT CONSTRUCTION (a sister publication of REMODELING) on a two-day tour of the city. Here's some of what they saw.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 72,252 travel trailers and 3,460 mobile homes are occupied in the state of Louisiana by victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. (No reliable estimates were available specifically for New Orleans, nor for the number of people living in the temporary housing.) The average trailer measures 240 square feet.