The link is to a photo gallery of images from the Tour de New Orleans this past weekend. Kenny Bellau organized the ride & plotted the route through the most devastated areas around New Orleans.
The ride started from the Audubon Park, went past the Superdome, down through the Central Business District and across the river. They even encountered a 'disaster tour' bus. Towards the end of the slide show (last three slides), there is what looks like a big warehouse. It's actually a river barge, carried there by the floodwaters. And yes, those are paved streets.
New Orleans is recovering, Mardi Gras is on, but there is still a lot to be done. I know the town will never be the same. The question is 'will the change be for the better, or worse?'