Above:A 360-degree photo shows a rusted boat and other wreckage at Bayou Caddy, a port west of Waveland. (John Brecher / MSNBC.com)
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In the coming months, MSNBC.com will focus its coverage of the Hurricane Katrina recovery on two cities on the hard-hit Mississippi coast.
Though Bay St. Louis and Waveland are far from the media spotlight on New Orleans, the intertwined fates of the people, businesses and institutions in these towns tell the story of an entire region's struggle to recover from the most destructive storm in U.S. history.
As you might expect, when Wal-Mart builds a tent, it builds it big. This is no pup-tent, or even a contraption meant for a circus. This is a 16,000 square-foot industrial strength A-frame, complete with electricity and six 30-ton air conditioners.
Ray Cox, who has managed the Supercenter since 1996, says that it's all worth it to be able to provide the bare essentials, like food and water, and even a few much appreciated luxuries. He took us and our video camera on a guided tour of the "super-tent," chatting up his neighbors in the store as if everything was just business as usual.
WAVELAND, Miss. -- It’s garbage; lots of it, about 7.4 million cubic yards, about the size of 74 football fields, each piled 50 foot high, or maybe a medium-sized densely packed town elsewhere in the United States.
In Hancock County, it’s the estimate of the amount of debris that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to haul out of here over the next year.
(Editor's note: This post is from an e-mail Maria Russell sent to her friends and family on Sept. 29. The photos were taken by Maria and her husband, Dave.)
It’s hard to believe that Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf coast one month ago today. Time sure goes by fast even when you’re NOT having fun.
Life is different now, and that’s an understatement. For the past two weeks, we have been able to park our little truck camper (which gets smaller and smaller by the day) at the Dodge dealership on Highway 90 in Bay St. Louis, thanks to our good friend, John.
(Editor's note: This post is from an e-mail Maria Russell sent to her friends and family on Oct. 12.)
It's been more than 6 weeks after Hurricane Katrina and life is going on. Our weather has cooled down a lot and the days have been so pleasant. Makes doing all this "outside work" so much easier to deal with!
Are you and your community still wanting and wondering what you can do to help with the relief effort? Well, I thought the following list might be helpful. While I was working (actually, volunteering) at the Chamber yesterday, a woman who is a business owner in Waveland came in with a Needs List. Waveland and Bay St. Louis are one-in-the-same, in my opinion. One melds into the other; when they rebuild, they should combine the two and make it "Bay Waveland," Mississippi. But what do I know?
DIAMONDHEAD, Miss. –- Everybody has a Katrina story in the cities of Bay St. Louis and Waveland. Most people are homeless, or at least forced into trailers or relatives' homes. They are frustrated by the endless red tape and anguished about an uncertain future in a region where recovery is measured by tons of debris moved, number of houses demolished and businesses back in business.
They are tired of FEMA trailers, tired of the bureaucracy, tired of the devastation, tired from worrying about money, their jobs and their children.
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. -- After Katrina, School Superintendent Kim Stasny quickly set about assessing the damage to the system she had worked hard to build up. She quickly realized it was extreme.
All six public schools in the Bay St. Louis-Waveland School District were hit hard. In the best cases, all contents were ruined -- electrical systems, sheetrock, computers, lockers and books, study materials. In the worst cases, buildings were reduced to piles of rubble.