Anyone who has ever visited the city of New Orleans, Louisiana knows a thing or two about the magic that permeates the air. There's something haunting about its charm and scenery, though it has also had its fair share of trials and tribulations tourists continue to flock back to the Queen City for all of its culture and charm. Even almost twenty years after one of the most devastating natural disasters swept through the city causing millions of dollars worth of damage. That disaster was of course 2005's Hurricane Katrina.
Many are still in the process of rebuilding their lives after Katrina ripped through their neighborhoods because the storm was historic. From Wikipedia;
Hurricane Katrina was a Category 5 hurricane that made landfall on Florida and Louisiana in August 2005, causing catastrophic damage, particularly in the city of New Orleans and the surrounding areas, and over 1,200 deaths. Subsequent flooding, caused largely as a result of fatal engineering flaws in the flood protection system known as levees around the city of New Orleans, precipitated most of the loss of lives.
The storm was the third major hurricane of the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, as well as the fourth-most intense Atlantic hurricane on record to make landfall in the contiguous United States.
Capitalizing off of the history of the city, as well as its allure as one of the most popular destinations in the United States, CBS' long running series NCIS added New Orleans to its lineup and it has been one of the most popular shows since its premiere in 2014.
One would have to surmise that filming in a nonstop city like New Orleans has its challenges, and according to show star CCH Pounder, who portrays Dr. Loretta Wade, there are a few roadblocks that pop up. Showbiz Cheatsheet reports;
“It’s the fact that you have a working river as your backdrop; you have an Air Force base as your backdrop. You have trains that actually really run for 10 minutes and the train is still going by,” she previously told Parade.
“There are things that you cannot pay for and there is an impromptu of the city, which is frustrating but wonderful at the same time if you have the imagination to go there. Here comes the big, brass band down the street, and instead of being totally freaked out, just turn your cameras in that direction and get that backdrop.”
Aside from acting Pounder, who relocated to New Orleans after snagging the coveted role of Dr. Wade, is also an art enthusiast who recently held an art exhibit focusing on black female power and beauty at Xavier University.