Long Beach, my home town, like all of the coast communities, was "hammered" by Katrina. I ventured to the zone south of the CSX railroad tracks (roughly 3/4 of a mile inland) to check on several friend's homes. I didn't have much time to take photographs (I was there for about twenty minutes)as the authorities, understandably, weren't in the mood to deal with picture taking "tourists". I was stunned by what I saw. These photos do not begin to reveal the extent and totality of the destruction.