10/21/2005

Biloxi's Point Cadet

Biloxi is fronted by the Gulf of Mexico on the south and the Back Bay on the north. Point Cadet sits where the two meet. It has long been a haven for immigrants. Yugoslavian names such as Wescovich and Covacevich have been replaced with names such as Nguyen, Tran, and Dinh. It is a community that has had ties to the sea for over a hundred years, from the shrimpers to those who make the nets. It was filled with the small homes of those who worked hard and where family came first. When I heard about the devastation there, I thought I knew what to expect. I was wrong. I have been numb since going there. I couldn't even find where my friend Pete's house once stood. He is okay and is living in Florida.

The following pictures cannot begin to show you the destruction. It was street after street.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com I don't know what street this was on.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com Howard Ave?

Image hosted by Photobucket.com Kuhn St

Image hosted by Photobucket.com Oak St

Image hosted by Photobucket.com Second St?

The confusion from the streets comes into play because the only street that had a sign was Kuhn St. The others are guesses based on what I remember when I took them. But each of these pictures was taken on a different street. Every where I turned, it was the same destruction.

UPDATE: 10/22/05

This is an aerial view of Point Cadet from WFAA.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Felis said...

Seawitch,
Thank you again for posting these pictures.
You guys must be really feeling down by just looking at the landscape around you.
I share your pain.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

felis,

I was going to try to get one of my brothers to sneak past the railroad tracks in Gulfport today, the area closest to the beach. But after what I saw at the Point yesterday, I know I am not ready for it.

4:24 PM  
Blogger patrickafir said...

Yeah, Mother Nature definitely brought the pain to you guys. What an apocalyptic mess. I'm just gald you're all right. Even though we don't know you in person, I think it was weird for all of us to not know if you were okay.

11:39 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

patrickafir,

What a good phrase, apocalyptic mess!! I couldn't believe what I show. And this isn't even the worst of it. These were taken in Harrison County, the destruction in Hancock County, to the west, is even worse. Most of the destruction in Biloxi and Gulfport was confined to the beach front.

2:48 AM  

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