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WAVELAND, Miss. –- Eight weeks after Katrina clobbered this area, most people are trying to figure out what’s next. But with an undisclosed number of people unaccounted for, there are still recovery teams combing through the rubble with dogs, trying to find the missing.

Today a regional team from Homeland Security is focused on a devastated beach neighborhood where some of those missing were last seen. They investigate a small white house on Sears Avenue where some local residents, back to check on their homes, report a “foul odor.” As recently as last week, a report like this led to a local woman’s body. Sometimes they turn up barrels of fish or scare up water moccasins.

This time, the smell seems to come from under the house, which flood waters have lifted up and dropped next to its foundation. But the dogs don’t detect human remains, and so the tedious search continues. 

The number of missing people remains unclear; so far the death toll in the county stands at 51--but dedication to the task is not.

“It’s ongoing, every day,” says Brian “Hootie” Adam, director of the Hancock County Emergency Management Agency. “How long will it last? Good question. Until all the missing are found or we’ve exhausted every possible effort.”

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Are you ok out there?

Are the Pearlington, MS survivors listed anwhere?

I hope that everyone is found and given the proper burial so that they souls can rest in peace. My prayers goes out to all of the families and friends who has lost a love one in the hurricane. Good luck and best wishes.

GOD HAS A PURPOSE FOR THE THINGS HE DOES SO HAVE FAITH THAT HIS EARS AN EYES HAVE BEEN OPEN TO THE MANY PRAYERS,CRIES OF NEED AN HELP I KEEP EVERYONE IN MY PRAYERS MUCH LOVE TO ALL WHO READS THIS AN TO THOSE WHO DON'T

How do I find out if a woman is okay? She works for the city government, recently bought a great restauruant inland about 3 blocks east of dntn and goes to the Catholic Church. We ate at her restaurant and visited her at church, a lovely lady, just like the friendly people of Bay St. Louis.

To all of the people of Mississippi: Even though most of the media attention is placed on New Orleans, please know that Mississippi has not been forgotten. You are all in my prayers.

To all of the people of Mississippi: Even though most of the media attention is placed on New Orleans, please know that Mississippi has not been forgotten. You are all in my prayers.

I was lucky enough to save my house in Kiln. Many of my nieghbors were no as fortunate. I continue to host a family while they are rebuilding. Without the incredible kindness of strangers my friends task would be impossible. I want to thank the generous and caring peolple that have helped Mississippi rebuild.

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