Published: June 25th 2009August 1st 2006
In August of 2006, I changed career fields and had to go to Biloxi Mississippi for my Tech School. We were stationed in Utah at the time. It was a 4 week school, so I decided to drive. I crossed 7 states each way, and a lot of them were new to me, so I was pretty excited. It had only been a year since Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. I don't know what I was expecting...I guess I figured that after a year, most of the clean up would be done. I was dead wrong! It looked like Katrina had just happened the week before. If the destruction was still that bad a year later, I can't imagine what it was like the day after. New Orleans got a lot of attention and damage because of the levees being breached, but the Biloxi/Gulfport area suffered the bulk of the wind damage. Highway 90, which runs along the coast from New Orleans to Mobile, was a mess. The bridge that connects Biloxi to Oceanside was washed away, and there was sand everywhere. I've since been back to Biloxi...in August again, but this time in 2007...and it's a world of difference! Casino's
are open again, the water and beaches are cleaned up and usable, the highway is repared and the bridges are built back, and most of the debris has been cleared. It's taken a long time go get back on their feet, but they are standing now!
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