Abandoned after killer Katrina: Haunting shots show New Orleans buildings left empty and untouched since the 2005 hurricane, including hospitals, schools and a former Nazi internment camp
- Photographer Leland Kent visited some of the buildings abandoned in 2005 during Category 5 hurricane
- Stunning images show nature reclaiming space in courtyard of a nursing home in New Orleans in Louisiana
- Other shots show posters still hanging from the wall in a deserted hospital which say ‘Katrina Alumni 2005’
Haunting photos from a new book have captured the beauty of buildings left abandoned for nearly 14 years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.
Photographer Leland Kent returned to former hospitals, nursing homes and high schools to show the devastating impact of the Category 5 hurricane which killed more than 1,800 people in 2005.
In one shot, from the courtyard of a nursing home, nature can be seen reclaiming the space as trees and bushes wildly sprout across the area.
Another shows the autopsy amphitheater in the basement of the Charity Hospital, complete with its embalming table in the centre of the room.
Others show posters still hanging from the wall in a hospital which say ‘Katrina Alumni 2005’ and ‘make love not hurricanes’.
The book’s blurb reads: ‘In Abandoned New Orleans, photographer Leland Kent provides an extraordinary look at eight historic and abandoned locations.
‘From a hospital where patients and staff were trapped during the storm, to a long forgotten Nazi internment camp, and the first high school built for African-American students.
‘Each chapter gives an in-depth look at these places accompanied by a gallery of stunning imagery.’
Photographer Leland Kent captured this incredible image of the autopsy amphitheater in the basement of Charity Hospital in New Orleans, which was abandoned after Hurricane Katrina
For his new book, Abandoned New Orleans, Kent visited a number of buildings – including this massive five-storey power plant – which have been left untouched for nearly 14 years
This haunting show shows posters which say ‘make love not hurricanes’ and ‘Katrina Alumni 2005’ still hanging on the wall in the deserted hospital
Here, nature has reclaimed a courtyard at a former nursing home, with trees and other plant life wildly springing up across the area
The book’s blurb reads: ‘In Abandoned New Orleans, photographer Leland Kent provides an extraordinary look at eight historic and abandoned locations.’ Pictured: the Art Deco Charity Hospital which remains unused
This shot shows the graffiti covering the auditorium of the former Booker T High School. It became popular with squatters and thieves who stripped copper from the building
Paint peels from the walls as an empty hospital gurney lays dormant in a dark hallway inside the Charity Hospital in this picture
Pictured: falling plaster and dirt covers the floors of this exterior hallway inside an ornate nursing home
The only surviving building from Camp Algiers, an internment camp which housed both suspected Nazi-sympathizers from Latin America and Jewish refugees during the Second World War, has fallen into a state of disrepair
Pictured: the view through a broken window at Booker T High School. Thieves stripped copper from the building and ripped architectural detailing from the walls after Katrina
The Category 5 hurricane killed more than 1,800 people in 2005. Pictured: the rooftop of the abandoned power plant looking over the city
Ransackers rummaged through this office inside the former hospital, leading books and papers scattered across the floor
Pictured: bare wooden seats that are falling apart in the deserted high school auditorium
The devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina
On August 29, 2005, the Category 5 Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the U.S., hitting Florida and Louisiana.
The powerful storm caused more than 50 levees in New Orleans to fail, with floodwaters rising so fast that people drowned in their homes, while others were left waiting to be rescued from their rooftops for days on end.
Around 80 per cent of the city was left flooded, killing more than 1,500 people in Louisiana alone, with the majority in New Orleans. Another 130,000 people were displaced from their homes.
Of those that died, 40 per cent drowned, another 25 per cent died from injuries or trauma, and 11 per cent from heart conditions.
The total cost of the devastation was $135billion. Before the storm, 484,674 people called New Orleans their home – but in 2017, that number was just 407,940.