The first thing that got him was the smell.
It was not quite the same as it was after Hurricane Katrina. But it was very close. That smell — a mildewy, wet, soggy mush of a smell — is hard to describe and impossible to forget.
"It's always the smell that gets me, more than the sites. It's a smell," said Chris Granger, a photojournalist for The Times-Picayune and nola.com. "You smelled it before you saw anything, and you knew you were about to get into a mess."