By Mark Hodge @Mrhodgey
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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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.
Johnny said much like the rest of the East Side, the park had been struggling economically before Katrina hit.
“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.
“After the hurricane, it was just deemed far too damaged to salvage, so it has been left abandoned and continued to rot.”
The snapper also insisted that more awareness was needed to highlight the continued problems which New Orleans faces, 10 years on.
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.”