Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In October of 2005, I finally made it to Biloxi's Point Cadet. I was on a mission. A mission in search of friends homes. My friends were okay and thankfully, I lost no friends during Katrina. But I think my friend Billy, who died a couple a months ago, did so from a broken heart. His home which had been in his family since the 1850's was obliberated by Katrina. But, back in October, almost two months after katrina, I was in search of Pete's house as well as a few others. This is what his street looked like:
I could not even find where Pete's house once stood. All the familiar markers were gone. This one street is just a small slice of the 29,960 homes that were destroyed in the cities of Gulfport, Biloxi, Pass Christian, Long Beach, and St. Martin. This is what a direct hit from a major hurricane looks like. This is what we are still rebuilding. I do have some good news on that front. Up to 7,000 were rebuilt in Harrison County since Katrina hit. If that pace is kept up, that means it will only take 4 more years for all the homes to be rebuilt.