It is a time of transition for Bay St. Louis, Waveland and Hancock County, and for Rising from Ruin as well.
A year after Hurricane Katrina pulverized this formerly idyllic corner of Mississippi, the cleanup of debris is finally slowing and the towns and county are moving full throttle into the rebuilding phase.
That obviously isn’t the end of the story of recovery from the worst natural disaster in U.S. history, but it has prompted us to adjust our coverage to be positioned to see this tale through to the end, which is clearly years away.
Instead of monthly reports, we will visit the area periodically to report on milestones and challenges in the rebuilding process, document the halting steps toward normalcy, and more important, tell the stories of the people who each day display uncommon valor in the face of tremendous adversity.
Between our reports, many of our citizen diarists have promised to continue posting about life in the disaster zone, and our bloggers, many of whom live in the area, will help keep readers abreast of developments.
In the months since our first visit to Bay St. Louis and Waveland in early October, we have seen much and met many people – as the 214 staff-written stories in Rising from Ruin attest – and been touched by the stories we have heard. We look forward to sharing more of those stories with our readers in the months and years to come.
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