Aerial panorama over Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Orleans Parish after Katrina. - (c) Edward S. Fink for BigEyeInTheSky.com
360 degree aerial panorama 400 feet above the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Orleans Parish, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. The Paris Rd. bridge is to the west. Beyond the bridge on the left is the NASA Michoud Facility, which manufactures the external fuel tanks for the Space Shuttle. Across the canal to the right you can see where the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (the MRGO - aka Mister Go) connects to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The storm surge from Hurricane Katrina flowed down this canal to the Industrial Canal, where it met water flowing south from Lake Pontchartrain, and overtopped the east levee, flooding the Ninth Ward and westward to St. Bernard Parish. Note the barges washed up on top of the levee near the base of the bridge.