In 2002, eight portable, trailer-mounted solar-powered cameras were positioned along Interstate 10 for a highway reconstruction project in New Orleans. In the ensuing years, both motorists and public safety staff came to rely on the images from these cameras.
As Hurricane Katrina approached the Gulf Coast in 2005, the Louisiana Department of Transportation asked that, rather than be secured from the storm, these cameras remain on station to provide live traffic images to assist in the evacuation. Not only did these cameras survive the hurricane force winds and driving rain, they continued to provide images from the city through the ensuing power blackout and until their own on-board electrical power submerged into the rising post-Katrina flood waters.
Selected images as captured by camera along I-10 in downtown New Orleans near Xavier University