Family’s long journey home after Katrina ends when city bulldozes house

Photo by Steve Myers,The Lens -- Kimberly James stands in front of her former house in the Upper 9th Ward, holding a stack of paperwork related to her efforts to rebuild her house. The city tore down her house in July for failing to be rehabbed, but a contractor was working on the house.
Photo by Steve Myers,The Lens -- Kimberly James stands in front of her former house in the Upper 9th Ward, holding a stack of paperwork related to her efforts to rebuild her house. The city tore down her house in July for failing to be rehabbed, but a contractor was working on the house.

City bulldozes house despite ongoing rebuilding work

As she prepared to mark the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Kimberly James had finally found her way home, or so she thought.

Eight years after the hurricane upended her life, James, 47, had outlasted the misery of temporary relocation — first to Texas, then to a Baton Rouge shelter. She had prevailed, more or less, in skirmishes with her insurer, her mortgage company and New Orleans city bureaucrats. The Road Home program had finally coughed up $52,000, and she had a city building permit in hand to rehab her beloved family home on Pauline Street in the Upper 9th Ward.

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Family’s long journey home after Katrina ends when city bulldozes house