with Lorelle and Brent VanFossen

Hauling Away Hurricane Katrina

Train line, Mobile, Alabama, filled with cement debris from hurricane katrina

I found this image in my files. I was driving through Mobile, Alabama, and saw the railroad had been repaired with fresh gravel lining the fixed rails. Hurricane Katrina had done its damage along much of the railroad system that followed the gulf coast, washing out and twisting the rails like licorice sticks.

I liked the perspective of the rails heading towards downtown, and decided to wait until the train had passed when I noticed what the open cargo cars were carrying. They were hauling tons of cement slabs, broken up remains of the many foundations destroyed by the hurricane. I skipped waiting and grabbed as many shots as possible as the train passed, and I love the results of the cement in the trains echoing the light colored fresh gravel between the rails.

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