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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A car peeks from beneath a jumble of materials that used to be homes, a common sight in Waveland and Bay St. Louis. (Jim Seida / MSNBC.com)

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Posted: Tuesday, January 24 at 06:38 am CT by

Things seem to be happening. We were pleasantly surprised last week to find that our lot has been cleared by the Corps (except for a stray car, which they say they’re not contracted to deal with — we’re not sure what to do with it, but are considering using it as a lawn sculpture).

We’ve also received our last insurance settlement for lost contents. Interestingly, our bank says they will have to hold the check for 10 days. It’s not that we were actually going to do anything with it right away; but it does seem that a check, though sizeable, drawn on a nationally respected bank would not be in danger of bouncing. Besides which, we are in the electronic age. Steve and I think it’s so the bank can use our money to earn interest for a while before they turn it over to us. I heard about this sort of thing on NPR (also last week), when the former labor secretary who opened a new account was unable to get hold of his own money in a timely manner. Ah, well, such is life.

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