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.
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.
SITUATION REPORT - Click a town name on the map below for census data.
- 55 fatalities confirmed in Hancock County, according to Coroner Norma Stiglet.
- 4.90 million cubic yards of debris -- or 68 percent of the total -- removed from public rights of way in Hancock County.
- 7,234 Right of Entry cleanups executed on private property out of 10,114 received
- $184.6 million in FEMA assistance to individuals in Hancock County; 26,996 applications for aid approved.
- 8,915 FEMA trailers occupied by Hancock County families.
- (as of May 6)