Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Lakeview Home - A Walkthrough

The following photographs are from my family's home in Lakeview, Catina St. near Harrison Ave. in New Orleans.

I don't have really much to say about it. I do know that I was able to salvage some of my sister's art, a Clementine Hunter painting and some photographs on my first pass... that's about it.

The massive Pine trees on the property - it really had a feeling of being on the northshore - are ALL down. The street is still impassible because of them.

Amazingly, the walls are not breeding black mold, they're plaster and that may have something to do with it. The house itself feels sturdy and doesn't appear to have shifted. The long leaf pine floors also appear to have not begun to warp... for now.

This house is raised on pilings nearly six feet off the ground, and I've always said that the day this house gets water in it is the day of the destruction of New Orleans.

I'll let the pictures speak for themselves... Remember that in the shot of the front of the house, not but two weeks ago or so, my father and I paddled in a canoe straight over those root systems without hitting them.

To my family who hasn't seen the inside of this home yet... have a few cocktails first.








Anonymous Barry said...

Nice big high pressure dome over SW LA tomorrow should help keep Rita south & moving west.
2nd high over Colorado should move down tomorrow to keep it away
? the ghost of Nash Roberts protecting the city?
? if Nash were still alive & told the citizens to evac. would they have resonded better than to the mayor?
Good luck to all of you down there. We just got a glancing blow from Ophelia up here in NC, a mere mosquito bite compared to Katrina, but it was more than enough after the last 9 years of storms here.

7:28 PM, September 20, 2005  
Blogger Chuck said...

Plaster is good.. maybe mold doesn't like it.

Pine is good.. more retained resin than oak.

Generator, fans, pressure washer and LOTS of bleach... flood it with enough bleach to have those trendy pickled pine floors.

What this place means to you is so evident... don't give up on it yet... it doesn't look like it's given up on itself.

9:06 PM, September 20, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hang in there. Your friends out in Tucson are still praying for you.

To quote a great man: "Never give up, never give up, never give up!" ~Winston Churchill

9:10 PM, September 20, 2005  
Anonymous Sunny~ said...

Oh my ~sigh~ :(

Thank goodness for plaster walls! I have them too (1920's bungalow), and when I had my moldy-smelling "flood" in Nevada (of all places) the sheetrocked walls were disgusting, but very VERY little of the lath or framing behind the plaster was moldy...hopefully a soapy powerwash, bleach (AND biocide/fungicide!!), caulking and sealing all surfaces with enamel paint/polyurethane/ epoxy will keep that beautiful house from Haz-mat-ville. (similar processes as you'd use restoring a yucky moldy boat interior -- on a much larger scale of course)

If there's insulation in the walls, that can be a big problem...sometimes it's better to take the siding/sheathing off :(

{{hugs}} to all the family from just another stranger from the ether.....sincerely sharing your pain

11:49 PM, September 20, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you determined where the water entered the house ? From below ? Through doors ?

In any case you need to raise the floor anyway to dry out and to check any piping & wiring for damage.

Take good care when you work there. I saw an article on times website describing a rising numbers infections and accident-related injuries caused by ignoring small wounds, stepping on nail-studded wooden boards and falling from roofs. They also stated that medical emergency expect to see a rise of injuries caused by chainsaws, axes and suchlike.

Do not work alone on the site and try to protect yourself (gloves, safety shoes and such). When you work, take it easy and do one thing at a time.

My thoughts are with your family and you.

12:11 AM, September 21, 2005  
Anonymous cklam said...

Rita has just been declared cat 3 and they expect cat 4.

Watch out and keep your head down.

Don't die there, my friend.

5:41 AM, September 21, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Ug! I enjoyed many evenings in the Catino playing cards, drinking beer and talking shit.

I ate many crawfish in the yard.

What a heartbreaker to see it so trashed. Tell your family I am very sorry for their many losses.


8:12 AM, September 21, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I am so sorry for what you and your family are going through. I've followed your blog through out the whole Katrina ordeal. (The link was on houstonchronicle.com). Now I'm packing some precious things and trying to decided what to bring when we are running from Rita. We are in League City right off the Galveston Bay and we have to go. I'm dreading what I'm coming back to on Sunday....

This is my blogg http://360.yahoo.com/marikag66 and I will try to post as much as I can.

Good luck to you and yours and I hope you'll be back in your family home soon!!

11:04 AM, September 21, 2005  
Blogger yasista said...

thanks bro for the pics...wow!!! this house will survive!

11:40 AM, September 21, 2005  
Anonymous Claire, a reader from Texas since 2 days before Katrina Struck said...

It looks to me (no expert), like your family home can be repaired. I hope so much that this is true, that it's not a total loss. There was obviosly a lot of love that went into that home.

Stay safe from Irene. Know you'll be in the prayers of a thousand strangers.

And God bless you for saving all those animals.

12:58 PM, September 21, 2005  
Anonymous Tom said...

Troy where you be at bruh?

You aint posted since yesterday. You in jail for bustin curfew?


7:05 PM, September 21, 2005  
Blogger Truth Is Stranger said...

wow... hang in there...

10:37 PM, September 21, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi troy..this is jan....sharon gave me your website and you're doing such a great job. catina will be back!!! i know what that home means to your family and it's not about to give up and neither are you i'm sure. come around the corner and visit us - we're back as long as rita doesn't knock out our power again. you know how much i love all your family and i'm so proud of you! love, Jan

8:23 AM, September 23, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trite and insignificant.

At least you have four walls! We don't.

Count yer' blessings, bud, and quit bitchin'.

2:05 AM, September 27, 2005  

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