Wednesday, June 11, 2008

AFTER THE DISASTER, SIGNS OF HOPE
TV images can't convey the devastation--or the renewal--of New Orleans

At one of the foundation pillars of a 100-year old two-story house that was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina and the flooding caused by the Industrial Canal levy break, grows this single flower. No doubt this region was devastated by Katrina, the levy breaks and halting initial responses and later political obfuscation in the wake of the disaster. Nearly three years later, evidence of the heartbreaking event remains everywhere. But so do signs of renewal and recovery.