By Mark Hodge @Mrhodgey

ABANDONED houses marked with X, homeless people and drug addicts begging on the streets - this is the legacy of Hurricane Katrina 10 years on

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Another abandoned shop left over from the Katrina disaster covered in graffiti

Shot by photographer Johnny Joo, 24, these saddening pictures were shot in the east side of New Orleans, and show the Magnolia and Desire projects in the Bywater area of the city - the urban area shows no sign of recovery.

In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina and the devastating floods which it caused, killed over 1,800 people and cost over £59 billion worth of damage.

An abandoned home with a X marked on the door, indicating that the home was searched and cleared after the disaster. Numbers marked near the X indicate the number of bodies found in the property

Ohio native Johnny said that while other parts of the city have been successfully regenerated, the East Side – which was an impoverished area before Katrina – has continued to struggle.

Another home sits decaying after being hit hard by the 2005 hurricane waters

“Even before the hurricane hit, a lot of the affected areas had a great deal of poverty, but I was still amazed that so many houses in areas lay in shambles, while people still continue to scrap to live, or support their habits.

New Orleans main naval base now sits abandoned, stained with the destruction of dirty salt-water

“There were an incredible amount of homeless, drug addicts, scrappers all along the area, especially on the East side.

“It was crazy looking into these homes scattered around New Orleans, seeing the deaths marked on doors, along with other information from each home search.

A man walking a dog seems startled by the camera in an east side neighbourhood still struggling ten years after Katrina

“Xs on homes indicate the house has been searched and cleared after the disaster. Some have numbers and information on either side indicating if any bodies were found.

People relaxing on a stoop on a street which was ravaged by flood waters

“At times, I felt scared and I'm pretty sure had we stuck around some of the neighbourhoods too long.”

Despite the poverty in the East Side of the city, Johnny added that he was impressed with how the rest of the New Orleans has recovered.

Another building visibly ravaged by the storm and covered in graffiti

He said: “I was actually surprised by how much effort has went into the cleanup effort, along with how much they have actually accomplished after such an unprecedented disaster.”

The Cleveland born photojournalist also visited the decaying Six Flags amusement park which was heavily damaged in the floods.

Another east side home which shows no sign of recovery 10 years after Hurricane Katrina

Johnny said much like the rest of the East Side, the park had been struggling economically before Katrina hit.

The rotting Joker's Jukebox children's ride in the Six Flags park in east side of the city

“Six Flags was closed prior to Katrina due to low attendance and financial issues and even when it was open it was somewhat of a ghost town.

A Spongebob Squarepants themed ride in the Six Flags park was completely submerged by floods

“After the hurricane, it was just deemed far too damaged to salvage, so it has been left abandoned and continued to rot.”

A derelict castle which still has visible signs of flood damage

The snapper also insisted that more awareness was needed to highlight the continued problems which New Orleans faces, 10 years on.

A popular roller-coaster, named The Jester, in the abandoned Six Flags amusement park snapped during sunrise

He said: “So many people lost their lives, family members, homes and are still living on the streets at no fault of their own - I wish more people could see this forgotten part of America.”