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Rising from Ruin is an on-going MSNBC.com special report chronicling two coastal Mississippi towns, Bay St. Louis and Waveland, as they rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.

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WAVELAND, Miss. -- Second only to the post-hurricane clutter itself is the clutter of advertisements offering to clean it up.

The margins and medians of main roads are lined with postings for gutting and cleaning services—or, as some homemade signs put it, "Guttin’ and Cleanin'."

Others offer insurance-related services, including offers help to “insurance victims” in Hurricane Katrina. Roofing, hauling, machinery rentals, tree removal, decontamination and mold removal are sure to be big business for months to come.

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