Not a pretty sight. . .
Scenic New Orleans, Post-Katrina
This is a FEMA photo of Tommy Malone's home. As you may know, he is a founding member of the great roots band, the Subdudes. A fan spotted this photo on the FEMA site and forwarded it to the band; and they had it on their website for a while. If you look closely, you can see the instrument road cases among the debris piled in front of the Mid-City home. Ouch. Fortunately, not all of his equipment was ruined; but his house had over four feet of water in it for weeks.
A friend forwarded this to me; and it's making the rounds. Of course, it is just one graphic depiction of the widespread disruption to lives and livelihoods, and loss of musicians' gear and homes across the city. I've heard that many vintage jazz instruments were lost in the flood, and know for a fact that great record collections went under, as well. No way will things ever be the same; but you make do (and music) with what you've got left, I guess, unless you ain't got doodley squat.