One K A Day, Day 20: St. Louis Cemetery

This isn’t a destruction photo. It’s from St. Louis No. 1 cemetery on Basin Street. Our family has a tomb there. The archdiocese opened the cemetery on Nov. 1, All Saints Day, in 2005. It was the first time since the storm it had been open to the public and would not be open again for a few months. We went to check on the tomb, it looked like from the photos we had seen on TV that there may have been a foot or so of water in the cemetery.

Everything was fine, if there had been a water line it had been cleaned off. What was odd was that there were signs of people having been living in the cemetery before it was opened up. This makeshift shelter was on the tomb across the aisle from ours. It’s some lumber that’s been placed across from the top of the tomb to the adjoining fence, covered with blankets and fronds from a nearby palm tree. And a big 40oz. beer can and some other stuff needed for camping out in the cemetery while the city is evacuated.

One Response to One K A Day, Day 20: St. Louis Cemetery

  1. blathering on August 27, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Now that’s a photo I haven’t seen!

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