I visited there in the spring of 2005, on my way home by car from an assignment in Mississippi. On that one spring morning, New Orleans and Algiers were their usual (at that time) normal, bucolic and unreal selves.
Later that same trip, I sat in a dining room with a group of bankers and lawyers as rain fell sideways outside the windows. "Wow- this is intense- will it flood?" I asked.
No, they all reassured me, New Orleans has the best series of pumping stations outside of Holland. "The best there are!" they informed me.
The next morning, the headlines in the paper said the pumps had failed, power went out and the streets flooded (mildly) near the lake. This was in April. Katrina hit on August 29th.
Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, April, 2005, Algiers LA:
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