9/29/2005

It Still Hurts

It's been a month since Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Mississippi Gulf Coast and left a trail of wreckage and tears that will take years to overcome. But overcome we shall. There is such a determination to rebuild and improve our beautiful Gulf Coast. Some faces have been lost to us forever. Mississippi lost 220 people to this vicious storm. Red Cross has reported that 65,000 homes in the six coastal counties have been destroyed and a further 38,000 heavily damaged. But yet,the will of the people in these counties remains strong and hope is strong. Sometimes seeing the destruction on a daily basis wears me down but yet I also see the signs of rebirth. It is seen in the clean-up that has begun. The repairing and rebuilding of businesses and homes. The debris being cleaned up. Schools are reopening as are colleges. Life is not standing still and neither are the people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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Image hosted by Photobucket.com A friend e-mailed me these pictures of what is left of his home. It stood on Highway 90 close to the Beau Rivage Casino(Biloxi). It was over 100 years old and had beautifully carved mantels and wood floors. But he and his wife are not giving up. He sends me e-mails that are full of humor.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com Highway 90(Biloxi). Other than the Waffle House, I couldn't tell you what stood there.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com Side street from Hwy 90(Biloxi). Car meets water heater. I don't know what building that is. My brother said it was the Margueriteville but I remember it being further down.

The following pictures were taken within a block radius of where I work(D'Iberville):

Image hosted by Photobucket.comWhen I first set out to buy a house, I had considered this one. It has been moved about 20 feet to left of where it once stood.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comThis one was pushed back about 30-40 feet.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com A co-worker looks over what is left of a friends house. That is Biloxi Bay in the background.

It is hard to comprehend that 65,000 people have lost their homes. It hurts when some of those homes belong to people you know and care about. The hurt will take time to heal but it will heal. And all those that I know that have lost everything are already in the process of rebuilding their homes and lives.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Felis said...

Terrible damage.
Just terrible.
65K lost their homes!!
This is a national disaster.
My thoughts are with you all.

5:37 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

Thank you felis.

7:51 PM  
Blogger MonicaR said...

It's the American spirit. We look to the future. God bless you and everyone who has endured these losses.

9:17 PM  
Anonymous linda said...

It's so hard to realize that all the beautiful old homes along the coast are now gone, truly gone with the wind! And just look what wind and water can do! Really hard to take it all in! Good luck to everyone who's living this disaster daily!

11:57 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

monicar & linda,

Thanks for your kind words

5:34 AM  
Blogger GunnNutt said...

I can't imagine walking/driving around my town and not even being able to identify where buildings and businesses used to be! You must feel like you're in the Twilight Zone. Thanks for the pics.

10:23 AM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

gn,

It is hard for us to believe. And the thing about these pictures is that this isn't even the worst of it. Point Cadet in Biloxi is wiped away as is the town of Waveland, as is most of the area south of the railroad tracks. I could go on about the little towns of the Kiln, Pearlington, and Delisle that are are also wiped out.

I haven't been to those places because I don't think I could handle it at this point.

3:07 PM  

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