"We had to get on track with the inventory and see what it would take to start production again - though it was already evident the North Shore was not an option. The place would take months to come back to normal, buildings had been marked up 50 percent to rent or buy, and availability was very restricted, anyway - it's mainly a residential area. It was around six weeks before we could get into the city, when we found out what had happened to the factory. We drove into New Orleans, parked outside, opened the door, and the lights were on and the air-conditioning was blowing - it was surreal! But the shop was totaled, even though the flooding was relatively light. What had happened was due to Katrina's wind force; the whole of one wall had collapsed when the wind blew it in, and that, of course, brought the roof down on the contents. When I looked at it, my first thought was that we're not going to get anything out of here; it looked like a coal mine in there. But some of the guys convinced me it was possible to get some of the frames and other inventory out, and they did by lifting part of the roof up and extracting what lay beneath. This means a Confederate frame is strong enough to have a roof fall on it, and still survive! We lost some paper on the business side, computers and files and stuff, but our hard drives were intact. We qualified for disaster relief, but the application for the loan is still out, more than a year later. We had some insurance, but it was only $150,000, and anyway the real loss to the company was the business interruption; that's what was killing us. I knew we would have an absent cash flow until January at the earliest, which was doubly frustrating because we has so many orders to fulfill for the Wraith and Hellcat - more than a year's production was already under deposit. That's why I'd signed a lease on a much bigger factory, which we were planning to start moving to as soon as I'd returned from the Middle East.