During the time Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, residents where asked to evacuate the area for several weeks while local government re-established basic infrastructure (electricity, water, etc.) to the city. Some residents emptied their refrigerators, while most did not. When they returned to their homes more than a month later, residents found their refrigerators filled with decomposing food. The damage was so toxic that the food had melted plastic, corroded metal, and dissolved rubber refrigerator liners. Residents took photographs of their destroyed refrigerators to send to insurance companies, taped the doors shut, and put the refrigerators out on the street. Because the damage of Hurricane Katrina was so extensive, trash collection was not established for a number of weeks. Thousands of refrigerator lined the streets of New Orleans for weeks. In fact, because the fridges stayed outside, residents became creative and started decorating them with graffiti. This is when the refrigerators came to be known as Katrina Refrigerators. At first graffiti contained satirical messages, but it later developed into art. There were exhibitions and book featuring photographs of the refrigerators. Once collection began again, the Katrina Refrigerator trend died out, although it is something that will always be remembered. Call Allen & Sons if your refrigerator isn’t working properly. We’ll fix it before your food begins to destroy your refrigerator.