Two men swim to safety after their truck got stuck in deep flooded waters on Interstate 10 after storms dumped 10 inches of rain on New Orleans on May 3, 1978.
Al Decker is comforted by Patty Waguespack in the rubble of a house leveled by a tornado that ripped through the Belle Point subdivision in LaPlace, La. here early 12/6/83. Decker's relatives were amount 25 people injured by the twister that leveled 19 homes and damaged 80 others.
A child's stuffed amimal sits admist the rubble as a house burns in thebackground after a Pan Am 727 crashed on takeoff into a residential neighborhood in Kenner, La. killing 154 people on 7/9/1982.
7/10/1982 - KENNER, LA: Rescue workers sift through the wreckage of a Pan Am 727 jetliner that crashed on takeoff during a thunderstorm into a residential neighborhood, killing 145 people.
Rescue workers sift through the wreckage of a Pan Am flight 759 jetliner that crashed on takeoff during a thunderstorm into a residential neighborhood.
Firemen survey the path of destruction left when a Pan Am 727 jetliner that crashed on takeoff killing 154 people.
Robert Gurley holds a gun to his head threatening to shoot himself at a New Orleans record store on November 16, 1976. Gurley's gun went off after police rushed him following a 2-hour standoff but no one was injured.
New Orleans Parish Prison.
A squad of Louisiana State Troopers stands between the front gate of the State Penitentiary at Angola and a small group of death-penalty protesters keeping a prayer vigil here 12/4/83 as Tobert Wayne Williams was executed by electrocution. The Watchtower at right overlooks the celblock containing death row.
Murder victim, Jefferson Parish.
Nurse Pat Cutrell is a study of concentration as she attempts to stabilize the baby's condition and prepare it for transport back to the airport and flight to New Orleans and Ochsner Hospital's NICU.
Nurse Pat Cutrell, part of Ochsner Hospital's newborn transport team, inserts a tube into a baby's lungs to help him breathe at a central Louisiana hospital. The baby was born four months premature and a call for help was sent to Ochsner's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which is part of a nationwide program. The transport team flew 200 miles and stabilized the child's condition after an hour of frantic effort.
The premature baby lies helpless, unable to breathe, as the transport team forces air into his lungs at a hospital in central Louisiana. Hospitals across the state are in instant contact with Oschner's NICU, which as successfully transported more than 550 babies in the last two years. "No one believes it, but we've never lost a single bably in transport" says Dr. Jay P. Goldsmith, director of the program. "Every single one has arrived in better condition than when the transport nurse arrived at the local hospital." The major problem of the program is space - a lack of beds. Dr. Goldsmith added, "In one weekend we had to turn down five babies for that reason, and four of them dies. I felt terrible about it."
Nurse Pat Cutrell pauses to wipe drops of perspiration from her forehead during frantic efforts to stabilize the baby's condition and prepare him for transport back to New Orleans and Oschner Hospital's NICU.
Dr. Diane Denny (center) meets the team at the airport and rushes the portable incubator containing the baby to Ochsner's NICU. "The most depressing part of the whole program," says Dr. Goldsmith, "is not that some babies die, but the number of babies that die with special problems without ever reaching a neonatal center."
Bobby Ray Johnson, born four weeks premature, lies in the Ochsner Neotatal Intensive Care unit.
During daily rounds, Dr. Goldsmith (right) and staff doctors pause to ponder the baby's condition. Tests showed irreversible brain damage and all parties, including the child's mother, agreed after 17 days to turn off the life support systems, and the child died. "We're not God" said Dr. Goldsmith.
Fire, LaPlace, La.
A six-alarm blaze burns down a three-story wharehouse, destroying nearly an entire city block near downtown New Orleans on 12/26/1981.
8/30/1979 GOOD HOPE, LA: A Coast Guard helicopter air lifts an injured seaman from the burning freighter Inca Tupac Yapanqui during rescue operations here 8/30. THe greighter caught fire after colliding with three butane barges in the Mississippi River. Nine crewman were missing and 29 were injured.
8/30/1979 - Good Hope, LA. - Burning freighter Inca Tupac Yapanqui in the Mississippi River. 9 crewmen missing and 29 injured.
8/30/1979 - GOOD HOPE, LA: A severly burned crewman is given comfort by a rescue worker after being airlifted from the burning freighter Inca Tupac Yapanqui. The freighter lost steering and collided with three butane barges in the Mississippi River.
8/30/1979 - Freelance for UPI - Good Hope, LA. - Rescued Peruvian crewmen from the burning freighter Inca Tupac Yapanqui in the Mississippi River. 9 crewmen missing and 29 injured.
93-year old Frank Hodges lights his favorite pipe. “I only started smoking this thing a couple of years ago to pass the time, but if the price of tobacco keeps going up, I may have to give it up.”
Frank Hodges tends to one of his prized Fox-Trotters in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Although his pipe is a constant companion, Hodges' true love is his horses. He has bred and trained them all his life and still rides every day. His fame is so widespread that folks come from as far away as California to buy his champion Fox-Trotters.
Hodges' ramshackle office lies just outside the small town of Ocie in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in southern Missouri.
Frank Hodges sits in his office with his pipe in Ocie, Missouri.
Hodges' office wall opposite his vet’s tools are shelves covered with cobwebs, littered with trophies and programs from horse shows, pictures of his favorite horses, old guns, empty hornets nests, and a couple of catcher’s mitts.
8/23/1984 - Dallas, TX. - President Ronald Reagan gives a Texas salute to delegates to the GOP National Convention after giving his acceptance speech.
President Ronald Reagan and Vice-president George Bush at the Republican National convention in Dallas 8/23/1984.
President Ronald Reagan and Vice-President George Bush wave to delegates after they were nominated at the Republican National Convention in Dallas Texas in 1984.
5/12/83 - NEW ORLEANS: Jay Cochrane walks a tightrope nearly 200 feet above the Mississippi River here 5/12 as a stunt to mark the one-year countdown to the opening of the 1984 World's Fair. Cochrane later lost his balancing pole and had to be lowerd to safety clinging to the tightrope.
Jay Cochrane clings to his tightrope nearly 200 feet above the Mississippi River here 5/12 as his balancing pole falls into the water below. Cochrane was attempting a world's record for the longest walk across water, 2,670 feet, as a promotional stunt for the one-year countdown to the opening of the World's Fair in New Orleans. Cochrane was safely lowered to a Coast Guard boat waiting below.
5/12/83 - NEW ORLEANS: Jay Cochrane clings to a tightrope nearly 200 feet above the Mississippi River here 5/12 after losing his balancing pole in high winds. Cochrane was attempting to walk a tightrope 2,670 feet as a stunt to mark the one-year countdown to the opening of the 1984 World's Fair.
5/12/83 - NEW ORLEANS: Jay Cochrane, clinging upside down to a tightrope, is rescued by the Coast Guard on the Mississippi River. Cochrane attempted to walk the tightrope nearly 200 feet above the Mississippi River here 5/12 as a stunt to mark the one-year countdown to the opening of the 1984 World's Fair.
7/17/83 - DENVER: An unidentified fan is given aid by paramedics after a riot on the field by fans following the Michigan Panthers 24-22 victory over the Philadelphia Stars in the USFL Championship game.
7/17/83 - DENVER: A fan is clubbed by police on the field at Mile High Stadium during a riot after the Michigan Panthers beat the Philadlephia Stars 24-22 in the USFL Championship game. Police used dogs and mace to break up the fans.
7/17/83 - DENVER: Injured and arrested fans lie on the turn of Mile High Stadium after the fans got out of control following the USFL Championship game between Michigan and Philadelphia. Police used dogs and tear gas to break up the fans.
Fans confront unioin workers who were picketing Veteran's Stadium in Philadelphia during the NFL player's strike.
Fans don't like the referee's call during a University of New Orleans vs Tulane basketball game at the Superdome in New Orelans, La. on January 21, 1979.
A woman is comfroted by a friend after learning that her son was killed in a house fire in Jefferson Parish.
Due to the curvature of the Earth, high-rise buildings in downtown New Orleans seem to rise out of the waters of Lake Pontchartrain in this photo taken from more than 25 miles away. The city literally rose out of the waters of the lake and Gulf of Mexico after it was flooded by Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005.
The ruins of a house rest on top of a truck in the Ninth Ward. Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans on August 29, 2005, causing devastating flooding. Today, more than 14 months later, the city still struggles to recover.
Carried by floodwaters, a house sits on top of a truck near where the Industrial Canal levee broke flooding the lower Ninth Ward section of New Orleans.
Debra Hackett holds a water-damaged picture of her grandmother that she rescued from the remains of her house in the Lakeview section of New Orleans on August 16, 2006. Hackett and her husband, Robert, had evacuated to Atlanta where they have been living and working. They had finally come back to New Orleans more than 14 months after the storm to clean out their home and start rebuilding.
A photograph of Nell Faiszt Jarrel lies ruined from the floodwaters.
Search and rescue marks remain on the door of a house in the Lakeview section of New Orleans. The top indicates the date the house was searched, left tells who did the search, right tells the number of survivors found and bottom how many casualties. More than 1500 people died in Louisiana from the storm.
The concrete slab of a home is all that remains in the lower Ninth Ward section of the city near where the Industrial Canal levee broke sending 12 feet of flood waters into the impoverished neighborhood, destroying almost everything in its path.
Boarded windows in the Hyatt Hotel, and broken windows in the Dominion Tower office building on Poydras Street in downtown New Orleans remain un-repaired more than 14 months after Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans.
A refrigerator and debris sit at the entranceway to a home in the Lakeview section of New Orleans next to where the 17th Street Canal levee broke, flooding the city.
On a cloudy and rainy day in New Orleans, a handmade grave memorial is seen in the lower Ninth Ward section of New Orleans near where the Industrial Canal levee broke.
Jerry Lodriguss covering floods outside the front door of his apartment during 1980 flooding. Photo by G. Andrew Boyd.