Looks like the guys and girls running the US government raised a good point about Google Maps. A congressional subcommittee sent a letter to Google asking them to explain why they are not accurately portraying New Orleans in Google Maps. Apparently Google Maps is using old images which shows an active, robust city that was not destroyed by a hurricane and is still trying to recover.
...a virtual trip through New Orleans is a surreal experience of scrolling across a landscape of packed parking lots and marinas full of boats.
Reality, of course, is very different: Entire neighborhoods are now slab mosaics where houses once stood and shopping malls, churches and marinas are empty of life, many gone altogether.
It was not clear when the current images replaced views of the city taken after Katrina struck Aug. 29, 2005, flooding an estimated 80 percent of New Orleans.
Google has done rollbacks with the search results before but I have never heard of rollbacks with Google Maps. Maybe somebody at the 'plex accidentally tivo'd over the current New Orleans images and the only backup they had was the pretty version.