New Orleans Resident Documents the Storm

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As Humvees rolled into New Orleans yesterday and officials urged Gulf Coast residents to leave their homes, you couldn’t help an eerie sense of familiarity. The details are similar: Katrina hit the gulf coast exactly seven years ago today.

The fears are familiar, as well: the fears of floods, looting, and the vulnerability of a large homeless population.

John LaTier was not there for Katrina. The filmmaker and photographer came from Sacramento to film the chaos two weeks after the city went underwater and he never left.

Hurricane Isaac rocks a ferry in New Orleans, a little before midnight on August 28, 2012.

( John LaTier )

New Orleans ship The Natchez on Tuesday night, August 28.

( John LaTier )

Sideways rain on Tuesday night, August 29.

( John LaTier )

Preservation Jazz Hall sign, barely hanging on.

( John LaTier )

Discovered Dr. Love hiding out from the storm in Jackson Square.

( John LaTier )

Dr. Love’s bike.

( John LaTier )

Dr. Love with the last bits of belongings he was allowed to keep.

( John LaTier )

Setting the tone for the seriousness at hand: first Humvee sighting.

( John LaTier )

Jackson Square - the hurricane parties have long begun.

( John LaTier )

Calm before the storm.

( John LaTier )
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