Abandoned Six Flags
On August 29th, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck The Gulf Coast, submerging lives and properties beneath flood waters some feared would never recede. Like most of the city, Six Flags theme park in New Orleans was inundated with water. Corrosive saltwater from the Gulf mixed with rainwater and tidal surge remained stagnant in the area for several weeks and destroyed 80% of the park equipment and rides.
The sign still reads, "Closed for storm".
Judged too expensive to restore by the Six Flags corporation, the defunct park fell into total disrepair.
After years of wrangling over who would clean up the mess, a Delaware court presiding over the Six Flags bankruptcy, agreed to allow them to terminate their lease with the city.
In 2009, much hope was placed on a deal to redevelop the park with Nickelodeon, but that proposal fell apart when financing did not materialize.
Since 2011, filmmakers have used the site for filming purposes... Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes have shot some material on the grounds, and studios have even been in talks with the city of New Orleans to lease out the land for future productions. Films like Jurassic World have a great location to film scenes of devastation and desolation, and the local economy is rewarded with an opportunity to make money off of a unique landscape.
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