BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. – With Christmas nigh, Hancock County is taking a breather.
On the eve of the big day, there’s very little traffic or action on the countless construction jobs. Even the normally packed Wal-Mart and Waffle House are only sparsely populated. Locals are huddling with friends and families in whatever shelter they have, and crews of workers have left the area for the holiday. It is, after all, a Saturday.
Making a bright appearance throughout Waveland and Bay St. Louis, however, are numerous homes, businesses and, yes, FEMA trailers, that their occupants found the time and spirit to decorate despite the demands of post-Katrina life.
In Bay St. Louis, there’s a contest for the best-decorated trailer. The winners haven’t been announced yet, but the entries are as innovative as many of the work-arounds for everyday life in a disaster zone. One sports a giant tag and ribbon as if it is a gift from FEMA. A tree in front of another is bedecked with the icons of recovery from water bottles to MRE’s.
Happy holidays and enjoy the images above from MSNBC.com photographers James Cheng and John Brecher.
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