Saved by Breakaway Walls

Katrina damage two years later: While this building looks bad, it performed exactly as it was designed to. The walls of the first floor broke away, leaving the support columns and allowing the upper floors to safely ride out the storm (safe unless hit by a shrimp boat).

Citation

Flickr Images, “Saved by Breakaway Walls,” Hurricane Digital Memory Bank, accessed November 19, 2017, http://hurricanearchive.org/items/show/33190.