Sunday, September 24, 2006

Rita anniversary: Louisiana

Below are the images of Southwest Louisiana's recovery in Cameron Parish. Many of the compositions appear strange or random. By normal accounts, most are quite boring. However, click on the link under each image and see how the same scene looked about a year ago.


Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise

Now:   Boyd Nunez, 77, poses for a portrait by his father's grave in Oak Grove, La. on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006. His father's coffin was moved 300 yards by Hurricane Rita's storm surge. He had to have a new vault cap made to have his father's body returned from the county.
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Now:   The home of Louetta Nunez has been largely repaired in Oak Grove, La. by Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006.
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Now:   A statue has been returned to its pedistal at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Cameron, La. by Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006.
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Now:   The Cameron Parish Library and elementary school have been cleared in Cameron, La. by Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006.
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Now:   A dead alligator as well as Cameron Elementary School have been removed from Cameron, La. by Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006.
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Now:   Most abandoned vehicles have been removed from Cameron Parish, La. by Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006.
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Now:   The water tower remains and emergency services are returning at Holly Beach in Cameron Parish, La. on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006.
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Now:   A buried Pontiac Sunbird was removed from Holly Beach, La. by Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006.
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Now:   An overturned and trapped recreational trailer has been removed from Holly Beach, La. by Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006.
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2 comments:

newsphotoken said...

Mark,

Great job with the then and now stuff. Did you have this idea in mind all along or was it an afterthought? Either way, very cool.

Ken

Mark M. Hancock said...

I can't take credit for the idea. I think it's one of those features that occur on the significant anniversaries of any event. Sept. 11th, Okla. City bombing, Rita, Katrina, Pearl Harbor, etc. warrant this treatment. These retrospectives normally occur on the 1st, 5th, 10th, 25th and 50th anniversaries.