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Rising from Ruin is an on-going MSNBC.com special report chronicling two coastal Mississippi towns, Bay St. Louis and Waveland, as they rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.

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This project is evolving. Our daily dispatches coverage has been retired. Click here to see what happened in the area between mid October and January 1, 2006.

Background on the towns and this project is available under the about tab above.

Click here for bios of the reporters and media producers who have worked on the series.

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Since early October 2005, MSNBC.com journalists have been documenting the efforts of the coastal Mississippi towns of Bay St. Louis and Waveland to rebuild from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. Though the towns are far from the media spotlight on New Orleans, the intertwined fates of the people, businesses and institutions in these towns are emblematic of an entire region's struggle to recover from the most destructive storm in U.S. history.

Change in Rising from Ruin coverage

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.

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