Effects of Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi

Effects of Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi

Hurricane Katrina's winds and storm surge reached the Mississippi coastline on the afternoon of August 28, 2005, Gary Tuchman, Transcript of "Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees" (2006-08-29) 19:00 ET, "CNN", CNN.com web: [http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0508/29/acd.01.html CNN-ACooper082906] : GARY TUCHMAN, CNN Correspondent: Responds to Anderson Cooper that it felt like it would never end, saying winds were at least 100 miles per hour in Gulfport for seven hours, between about 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. For another five or six hours, on each side of that, they [Gulfport] had hurricane-force winds over 75 miles per hour; much of the city [Gulfport, Mississippi, in Harrison County] of 71,000 was then under water.] US Department of Commerce, "Service Assessment: Hurricane Katrina August 23-31, 2005" (June 2006), pp. 10/16, NOAA’s National Weather Service, Silver Spring, MD, web: [http://www.weather.gov/om/assessments/pdfs/Katrina.pdf NWS-Katrina-PDF] : page 7 (storm surge 26-28 ft), p. 50: "Appendix C: Tornado Reports Associated with Hurricane Katrina" (62 tornadoes).] beginning a two-day path of destruction through central Mississippi; by 10 a.m. CDT on August 29, 2005, the eye of Katrina began travelling up the entire state, only slowing from hurricane-force winds at Meridian near 7 p.m. and entering Tennessee as a tropical storm. " [http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/pdf/TCR-AL122005_Katrina.pdf Tropical Cyclone Report, Hurricane Katrina] ." (post-analysis) "National Hurricane Center." revised August 10, 2006.] Many coastal towns of Mississippi (and Louisiana) had already been obliterated, in a single night. [ In Mississippi, towns near the eye-path at night included: Pearlington, Lakeshore, Clermont Harbor, Waveland, Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, and Long Beach, MS; in Louisiana, the towns included Buras, Triumph, Meraux, and Chalmette, Louisiana.] Hurricane-force winds reached coastal Mississippi by 2 a.m. and lasted over 17 hours, spawning 11 tornadoes (51 in other states) and a 28-foot (9 m) storm surge flooding 6-12 miles (10-19 km) inland. Many, unable to evacuate, [ As flood waters rose, many streets became swamped and impassable. Emergency crews rescued over 100 people, from rooftops or trees, in Mississippi.] survived by climbing to attics or rooftops, or swimming to higher buildings and trees. Afterward, over 235 people died in Mississippi, and all counties in Mississippi were declared disaster areas, 49 for full federal assistance. "FEMA-1604-DR Mississippi Disaster Declaration as of 10/27/2005" (map), FEMA, ITS Mapping and Analysis Center, Washington, DC, 2005-10-27, webpage: [http://www.gismaps.fema.gov/2005graphics/dr1604/dec_1604.pdf FEMA-1604-pdf] .] "Information Relating to the Federal Appropriations for Katrina Recovery" (January 6, 2006), "Office of the Governor", Mississippi, webpage: "Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour" [http://www.governorbarbour.com/Recovery/news/2006/jan/information.html GBarbour-Rec] .] __TOC__ More than one million people in Mississippi were affected, and almost 6 months later, the extent of the devastation in Mississippi was still described as "staggering" in "USA Today" on February 16, 2006: "SIX MONTHS AFTER KATRINA: AN OVERVIEW" (short summary), Office of the House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, February 28, 2006, file: [http://democraticleader.house.gov/30something/docs/katrinasix.doc HouseGov-Katrina6] .] "The Mississippi Gulf Coast has been devastated. The extent of the devastation in Mississippi is also staggering. Since Katrina hit, more than half a million people in Mississippi have applied for assistance from FEMA. In a state of just 2.9 million residents, that means more than one in six Mississippians have sought help. More than 97,000 people are still living in FEMA trailers and mobile homes. Another 5,000 to 6,000 are still waiting for FEMA trailers. Almost six months later, many neighborhoods are still piled high with storm debris"USA Today, 2006-02-16] (reported February 2006).

Scattered damage

"General:" The effects of a hurricane can be scattered across a large area, because hurricanes are large, complex storms which spawn smaller thunderstorms, tornadoes, storm surges, and sea waves. Wind speeds east of the eyewall can be 40-50 mph (64-80 km/h) higher than winds west of the eye. Wind gusts can be scattered, just as boats or debris can ram one house but not another. One building can seem untouched, while others nearby are flattened; also trees can be partially weakened: tree limbs can fall months later, crashing onto a roof, automobile, fence, etc.

"Specific:" Because Hurricane Katrina became a massive storm, " [http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/pdf/TCR-AL122005_Katrina.pdf Tropical Cyclone Report, Hurricane Katrina] ." (post-analysis), "National Hurricane Center." revised August 10, 2006.] Rob Marciano (CNN Meteorologist), Transcript of "Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees" (2006-08-29) 19:00 ET, "CNN", CNN.com web: [http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0508/29/acd.01.html CNN-ACooper082906] : "ROB MARCIANO, CNN Meteorologist: Responds to Anderson Cooper that the governor preferred that folks didn't go out on the streets because the "streets are literally littered with kitchen appliances."] over 450 miles (720 km) wide, not only the eyewall-path, and 28-foot (9 m) storm surge, but also the outer bands of the hurricane arms caused scattered damage hundreds of miles away from the center. Eleven (11) spawned tornadoes were recorded in Mississippi (51 elsewhere).It is possible that scattered damage to northern Mississippi occurred, by spin-off storms, around the time Katrina made landfall in eastern Greater New Orleans (Louisiana's "boot toe") and then, again, near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, heading north-northeast into central Mississippi, at 10 a.m. on August 29. Note that "landfall" occurred over towns submerged under 20 feet (6 m) of water. As buildings collapsed, water-tight appliances floated, sending refrigerators and dishwashers to ram other buildings and block streets. Millions of homes and buildings were affected, along with ships, boats, and more than 40 offshore oil rigs.

Impact synopsis

Waveland, Mississippi.]

The Gulf Coast of Mississippi suffered utter, total devastation [ "National Weather Service Forecast Office - Mobile/Pensacola" (July 7, 2006), "NOAA", webpage: [http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mob/0805Katrina/ NOAA-KatMob] : noted "pure devastation" in MS.] [ More than 100 reports used the term "pure devastation" about Mississippi.] from Hurricane Katrina on August 28-29, with hurricane winds, 28-foot (9 m) storm surge, and 55-foot (17 m) sea waves " [http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/pdf/TCR-AL122005_Katrina.pdf Tropical Cyclone Report, Hurricane Katrina] ." (post-analysis), page 9, "National Hurricane Center." revised August 10, 2006.] pushing casino barges, boats and debris into towns, and leaving 236 people dead, 67 missing, and an estimated $125 billion in damages. [ Staff writer, " [http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/13402585.htm Mississippi's Invisible Coast] ." "Sun Herald." December 14, 2005.] Since Katrina made landfall below central Mississippi, 30 miles (48 km) east of New Orleans at 6:10 a.m., the storm's powerful, right, front quadrant covered coastal Mississippi and southern Alabama, increasing wind and flood damage. After making initial landfall in Louisiana, four hours later Katrina made another landfall north at the state line (near the mouth of the Pearl River) and passed over submerged towns around Bay St. Louis as a Category 3 hurricane with winds over 120 mph (192 km/h) and 28-foot (9 m) surge. Battered by wind, rain and storm surges, some beachfront neighborhoods were leveled entirely, with flooding 6-12 miles (10-19 km) inland, crossing Interstate-10 (I-10) in some places. CNN (Miles O'Brien, Anderson Cooper and Kathleen Koch), "Katrina kills 50 in one Mississippi county" (2006-08-30), "CNN News", CNN.com web: [http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/29/hurricane.katrina/index.html CNN-Katrina50] .]

Winds reached hurricane-force in Hancock and Harrison County by 2 a.m., [ Mark Proulx, "Dane’s Story – Part 1 - GCN Feature" (2006-06-03), "Gulf Coast News", GulfCoastNews.com web: [http://www.gulfcoastnews.com/GCNnewsKatrinaDaneFeature.htm GCN-DanesStory] : times of winds/surge.] and winds intensified. As Katrina passed 30 miles (48 km) east of central New Orleans, with 57 mph (91 km/h) winds, by 10 a.m., landfall in Mississippi increased hurricane-force winds in an area of 600,000 Mississippi residents, covering several counties (see Figure KW10: Katrina Wind Speed map): Hancock, Harrison, Jackson County, Pearl River County, Stone, Walthall, Marion, Lamar County, Forrest County, and Perry County (see Map of Counties). During this 10 a.m. timeframe, hurricane-force winds continued over the barrier islands and Louisiana peninisula nearby, however, for the remainder of Louisiana, the winds were subsiding into gale-force winds after 10 a.m. when Katrina was becoming primarily a Mississippi hurricane. [Note in Figure KW10: Katrina Wind Speed map, the Louisiana winds subsided (yellow/green) remaining hurricane-force mainly at the peninsula south of the eyewall.]

Several casinos, which were floated on barges to comply with Mississippi land-based gambling laws, were washed hundreds of yards inland by waves. [ [http://wlox.com/Global/story.asp?S=5328073 WLOX-TV and WLOX.com - Building South Mississippi Together |Rumor Sometimes Becomes National News ] ] According to MSNBC, a 28-foot (9 m) storm surge came ashore wiping out 90% of the buildings along the Biloxi-Gulfport coastline. A number of streets and bridges were washed away, including the bridge sections of U.S. Highway 90. In particular, the roadway portion of the U.S. Highway 90 bridge between Bay St. Louis and Pass Christian was completely destroyed by the storm; only the support structure was left.

The three counties most affected by the storm were Hancock County, Harrison County, and Jackson County, although almost all counties had damage, and 47 counties were declared disaster areas. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) officials also recorded deaths in Hinds, Warren, and Leake counties. About 800,000 people through the state experienced power outages, which is almost a third of the population. [ Gates, Jimmie E. " [http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050830/NEWS0110/50830023/1260 Power to be restored - but not all at once] ." "The Clarion-Ledger." August 30, 2005.]

The three coastal counties of Mississippi, populated by about 400,000 people (almost the population of central New Orleans), had been mostly evacuated, before Katrina flooded the convert|100|mi|km|sing=on region. Katrina's storm surge was the most extensive, as well as the highest, in the documented history of the United States; large portions of Hancock County, Harrison County, and Jackson County were inundated by the storm surge, affecting most of the populated areas. [ cite web
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] Surge covered almost the entire lower half of Hancock County, destroying the coastal communities of Clermont Harbor and Waveland, much of Bay St. Louis, and flowed up the Jourdan River, flooding Kiln. In Harrison County, Pass Christian was completely inundated, along with a narrow strip of land to the east along the coast, which includes the cities of Long Beach and Gulfport; the flooding was more extensive in communities such as D'Iberville, which borders Back Bay. Biloxi, on a peninsula between the Back Bay and the coast, was particularly hard hit, especially the low-lying Point Cadet area.

In Jackson County, storm surge flowed up the wide river estuary, with the combined surge and freshwater floods cutting the county in half. Over 90% of Pascagoula, the easternmost coastal city in Mississippi, was flooded from surge. Other Jackson County communities such as Porteaux Bay and Gulf Shores were destroyed, and St. Martin was hard hit, along with Ocean Springs, Moss Point, Gautier, and Escatawpa.

Two destroyers that were under construction at Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula were damaged, as well as the Amphibious assault ship USS "Makin Island".

Surveying the damage the day after Katrina's passing, Mississippi governor Haley Barbour called the scene indescribable, saying "I can only imagine that this is what Hiroshima looked like 60 years ago." [ Staff writer, " [http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_1762595,00.html What Hiroshima Looked Like] ." " [news24.com] ." February 9, 2006.] The mayor of Biloxi, A.J. Holloway, told the Biloxi Sun Herald, "This is our tsunami." FOX News reporters, "'This Is Our Tsunami'" (2005-08-30), "FOX News", FOXNews.com web: [http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,167633,00.html FOX-HK-tsunami] .] Relief and rebuilding efforts initially focused on restoring power and clearing communities of debris up to eight feet (2.4 m) in depth. [ Korosec, Thomas, " [http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/special/05/katrina/3334086 Small town in eye of storm wiped out] ," "Houston Chronicle", August 31, 2005.]

Many historic buildings were destroyed in Mississippi, including the cottages and second-story porches around the "Beauvoir" mansion, home of Jefferson Davis.

The lower 3 floors of many high-rise casinos and hotels were gutted. (See details below).

Along with countless others affected by the hurricane, US Senator Trent Lott has lost his Pascagoula home, and the boyhood home of Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre was also totally destroyed.

Psychological Impact

Both the Mississippi residents who survived the hurricanes as well as the disaster relief workers who supported them are at high risk of developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, a mental health disorder that can develop after exposure to an extreme situation such as warfare, a natural disaster or abuse [Warneka, T. [http://www.healingkatrina.com Healing Katrina: Volunteering in Post-Hurricane Mississippi.] [http://www.asogomi.com Asogomi Publishing International.] ] .

Path of Hurricane Katrina

Although Hurricane Katrina later travelled mainly through Mississippi,it began as a Category 1 hurricane on August 25, crossing the southern tipof Florida (raining convert|14|in|mm [36 cm] " [http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/pdf/TCR-AL122005_Katrina.pdf Tropical Cyclone Report, Hurricane Katrina] ," (post-analysis) "National Hurricane Center", revised August 10, 2006.] )into the Gulf, where it weakened, then strengthenedinto a massive Category 5 with 175 mph (280 km/h) sustained winds. Slowly turning north along the eastern coast of Louisiana, at 4 a.m. August 29, sustained winds were 132 mph (211 km/h), 90 miles (114 km) SSE of New Orleans.As Katrina came ashore near Buras, LA at 6:10 CDT, withreported convert|125|mi/h|km/h|abbr=on winds (Category 3),it passed convert|40|mi|km east [NewOrleans was convert|40|mi|km from the eye path connecting Buras to the PearlRiver.] of New Orleans and headed to the Mississippi state line (mouth of Pearl River, 10 a.m. CDT), " [http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2005/pub/al122005.public_a.026.shtml Hurricane KATRINA] ." (6am advisory) "National Hurricane Center." August 29, 2005.] with hurricane-force winds travelling up central Mississippi until weakening at Meridian, [ "Tropical Summary Message" (NOAA report), Hydrometeorological Prediction Center, August 31, 2005, webpage: [http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/discussions/tcpat2.html TCpat2] .] and entering Tennessee as a tropical storm. Despite the hurricane force centered on Mississippi, neighboring areas were also affected: when New Orleans began slowly flooding with high east/north winds, a 28-foot (9 m) storm surge eastward from Bay St. Louis devastated coastal areas with 30-55 foot (17 m) sea waves, flooding 12 miles (19 km) inland. The waves pushed barges, oil rigs, ships, and debris into submerged towns to flatten many coastal buildings across to Pascagoula with 20-foot (6 m) surge, "National Weather Service Forecast Office - Mobile/Pensacola," NOAA, July 7, 2006, webpage: [http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mob/0805Katrina/ NOAA-Mob-Katrina] .] and into Alabama with 15-foot (5 m) surge and 24-foot (7 m) waves battering beach houses inside Mobile Bay and tilting the battleship USS "Alabama". (See extensive details below).

Mississippi evacuation

By 4:30 a.m. CDT, on August 29, 2005, just hours before Hurricane Katrina landfall, many shelters in Mississippi were full to capacity, including many Red Cross shelters, the Jackson Coliseum (which allowed pets), and five special-needs shelters. The shelters had filled within 24 hours of opening.

Days earlier, on August 25, when Hurricane Katrina crossed the southern tip of Florida, government offices in Mississippi had already discussed emergency evacuation plans for days. On August 26, the Mississippi National Guard was activated, raising the level of concern, and on August 27, the state government activated its Emergency Operations Center, and local governments began issuing evacuation orders: the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) [Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), website: [http://www.msema.org MEMA-web] .] advised not opening shelters in coastal counties. However, on August 28, the Red Cross also opened shelters in coastal counties, and by 7:00 p.m., 11 counties and eleven cities issued evacuation orders, a number which increased to 41 counties and 61 cities before the following morning, when Katrina came ashore. Moreover, 57 emergency shelters were established on coastal communities, with 31 additional shelters available to open if needed.... [cite book| author=United States Congress | date = February 19, 2006 | title = A Failure of Initiative: Final Report of the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina | pages = pages 60-61 | publisher = Government Printing Office | location = Washington, DC | format = PDF | accessdate = 2006-04-10 |url=http://www.gpoaccess.gov/katrinareport/fullreport.pdf]

Since the evacuation was not total, many people survived the 30-foot (9 m) storm tide by climbing into the second-floor attic, or knocking out walls and ceiling boards to climb onto the roof or nearby trees. [Unlike some suburbs, many towns in Mississippi had numerous strong trees, such as old oak trees, higher than roof-tops.] Tree trunks remained standing, [The tree trunks, after losing small branches, were narrow compared to wide walls battered by waves, boats and debris.] even near the beaches, where many houses were leveled. Other people had swum to taller buildings or trees.Burdeau, Cain. " [http://www.wwltv.com/topstories/stories/wwl083105waveland.11adc324.html Waveland practically wiped off map by force of Katrina] ." "WWL-TV." August 31, 2005.] Over 100 people were rescued from roof tops and trees in Mississippi.

Although the population of the three (3) coastal counties had been nearly 400,000, and the storm tide was 20-30 feet (9 m) with coastal winds 75-120 mph (120-192 km/h), fewer than 350 people died in Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina.

Federal buildings/projects

Because of federal intent to rebuild or recover projects of the US Federal Government, the damage assessment to federal buildings in Mississippi covers actual costs: the amount needed to resume operations at market costs. The following federal projects are described in terms of damage, along with the cost to resume operations:

* $1.987 billion: as requested by President George W. Bush, for Navy Shipbuilding and Conversion; these funds will assist Northrop Grumman to "replace destroyed or damaged equipment, prepare and recover naval vessels under contract; and provide for cost adjustments." Ships were damaged in Pascagoula.
* (unknown): as increased funding for "USDA housing programs" which provide subsidized loans and housing repair funding.
* $75 million: in "wildlife habitat restoration", for the Corps of Engineers to enhance estuarine habitats in Mississippi: following the Governor’s proposal regarding oyster reef and coastal marsh restoration. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will assist the Corps as these projects develop.
* $75 million: for the Corps of Engineers on various coastal projects: to accelerate completion of authorized projects along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
* $1.1 billion: to repair vital federal facilities in Mississippi, including::: $292.5 million for the repair and renovation of the VA hospital in Biloxi.:: $45 million for the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport.:: $277.2 million for the United States Navy to help rebuild the Seabee base in Gulfport, and the Stennis Space Center.:: $43.4 million to help rebuild Keesler Air Force Base.:: $45 million for the Keesler Medical Center.:: $82.8 million for new Navy housing in the Gulfport/Stennis region.:: $324.8 million for housing at Keesler Air Force Base.:: $48.9 million for Navy housing at the Naval Air Station Meridian and at the Seabee base in Gulfport.

The cost amounts were decided for work continuing in 2006. Note that repairs include modern renovation, since it is not feasible to assess damage in terms of restoring federal buildings to the year they were built. However, the costs provide a condensed measure of the construction damage, without counting the millions of lost roof tiles, thousands of broken windows, etc.

Hancock County

Hancock County was the scene of the final landfall of the eye of Hurricane Katrina, causing total devastation in Waveland, Bay St. Louis, Pearlington, and Clermont Harbor, as well as southern Diamondhead. The bridge between Bay St. Louis and Pass Christian was destroyed.

Katrina's 28-foot (9-m) storm surge, and 55-foot (17 m) sea waves, practically obliterated Waveland, Mississippi, and state officials said that it took a harder hit from the wind and water than any other town along the coast. Katrina came ashore during the high tide of 8:01AM, ["2005 NOAA Tide Predictions: Waveland" (2005), tide on 29-Aug-2005, "NOAA", web: [http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/get_predictions.shtml?year=2005&stn=0551+South+Pass&secstn=Waveland&thh=%2b3&thm=9&tlh=%2b2&tlm=49&hh=*1.28&hl=*1.28 NOAA-tide-tables] .] raising the storm tide by convert|2|ft|m, to over 30 feet (9 m). The storm dragged away almost every structure within one half mile of the beach, leaving driveways and walkways that went to nowhere.Burdeau, Cain. " [http://www.wwltv.com/topstories/stories/wwl083105waveland.11adc324.html Waveland practically wiped off map by force of Katrina] ." "WWL-TV." August 31, 2005.] The death toll was estimated at about 50.

In Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, a foot (30 cm) of water swamped the Emergency Operations Center at the Hancock County courthouse, which sits 30 feet (9 m) above sea level. [Associated Press, "Katrina at a Glance" (August 31, 2005), page 4A, "Mobile Register", web: [http://www.al.com/mobileregister/pdf/register083105a.pdf MobileRegister-083105-PDF] .] Katrina also destroyed the first floor and dormitories of Saint Stanislaus All Boys High School.

The destruction brought forth by Katrina also caused about one-quarter of the labor force to lose their jobs, with the unemployment rate reaching as high as 24.3%Staff Writer. " [http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051124/BIZ/511240366/-1/FEAT07 Miss. unemployment dips slightly] ." "The Clarion-Ledger." November 24, 2005.]

Harrison County

Harrison County, Mississippi was hit particularly hard by the hurricane and the storm surge. Its two largest coastal cities, Biloxi and Gulfport, suffered severe damages and a number of casualties. By September 1, 126 people were already confirmed dead. [Korosec, Thomas. " [http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/3335913 126 dead; gas, hot meals in short supply] ." "Houston Chronicle." September 1, 2005.] Smaller coastal towns were also severely damaged. Much of Long Beach and most of Pass Christian was leveled. Nearby Gulfshore Baptist Assembly, a camp owned and operated by the Mississippi Baptist Convention, has been permanently closed, and recommendations have been made to build a new facility elsewhere. [Perkins, William H., Jr (November 9, 2006). "Messengers approve record CP budget." "The Baptist Record" 130 (44): 1, 5. ISSN|0005-5778]

In the tourist town of Biloxi, widespread damage was reported as several of the city's attractions were destroyed. The lower 3 floors of many high-rise casino-hotels were gutted, as in the former Grand Casino of Gulfport, or the Imperial Palace (IP Hotel and Casino) or Beau Rivage in Biloxi. [Note: see Beau Rivage about 3rd-floor damage to high-rise buildings.] Many restaurants were destroyed and several casino barges had been washed out of the water and onto land. Residents that survived Hurricane Camille stated that Katrina was "much worse," with a storm surge reportedly reaching further inland than the previous catastrophic storm. Katrina's wind estimates were lighter than Camille's, and the central air pressure was slightly higher, but Camille was also a much smaller storm so the greater impact of the storm surge may be due to the size. Keesler Air Force Base, also located in Biloxi, reported extensive damage to its facilities. Gulfport authorities reported to news station CNN that up to ten feet of water covered downtown streets. The Biloxi-Ocean Springs Bridge was also totally destroyed (see Figure BB), and US 90 had heavy debris and severe damage to the roadbed.

Thirty of the confirmed deaths in Harrison County were at the St. Charles apartment complex, said Kelly Jakubic with the county's Emergency Operations Center. [Treaster, Joseph B.; Zernike, Kate. " [http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/30/national/30storm.html Hurricane Katrina Slams Into Gulf Coast; Dozens Are Dead] ." "New York Times." August 30, 2005.] The apartment complex was reported, by local news sources, to have collapsed with dozens of residents inside. FOX News also reported deaths at the Quiet Water Beach apartments.

Rebuilding in Harrison County proceeded at different paces in different towns. The town of Biloxi was greatly helped by the resurgence of the casino industry, while smaller towns such as Pass Christian did not have an economic base with which to start the reconstruction effort. By January 2007, almost a year and a half after the Hurricane, Pass Christian had still not yet begun rebuilding its city buildings, and volunteer labor was still involved in rebuilding private homes in the town. [The town of Pass Christian was still actively recruiting volunteers to help rebuild and clean up the city through its website " [http://rebuildthepass.org/index.html Rebuild the Pass] "] .

The ECHL Mississippi Sea Wolves, which play in Biloxi, was forced to suspend operations for two years because of the aftermath of the hurricane causing damage to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. The team resumed play in 2007.

Jackson County

In Jackson County, the storm surge flowed up the wide river estuary, with the combined surge and freshwater floods cutting the county in half. Over 90% of Pascagoula, the easternmost coastal city inMississippi, and convert|75|mi|km east of Katrina's landfall, was flooded from surge. Other Jackson County communities such as Porteaux Bay and Gulf Shores were destroyed, and St. Martin was hard hit; Ocean Springs, Moss Point, Gautier, and Escatawpa also suffered major surge damage.

United States Navy officials announced that two "Arleigh Burke"-class guided missile destroyers that were under construction at Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula had been damaged by the storm, as well as the Amphibious assault ship USS "Makin Island".

County totals

After Hurricane Katrina, all counties in Mississippi were declared disaster areas, with 49 counties eligible for full Federal assistance. The following Mississippi counties (alphabetical order) reported deaths, tornadoes, or da
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* Adams County: reported 2 deaths.
* Forrest County: reported 7 deaths.
* Harrison County: reported 126 deaths.
* Hancock County: reported 51 deaths.
* Hinds County: reported 1 death.
* Jackson County: reported 12 deaths, and 2 tornadoes.
* Jasper County: reported 1 tornado.
* Jones County: reported 12 deaths.
* Kemper County: reported 1 tornado.
* Lamar County: reported 1 tornado.
* Lauderdale County: reported 2 deaths, and 1 tornado.
* Leake County: reported 1 death, and 3 tornadoes.
* Lowndes County: reported 1 tornado.
* Neshoba County: reported 2 tornadoes.
* Oktibbeha County: reported 1 tornado.
* Pearl River County: reported 17 deaths.
* Simpson County: reported 1 death.
* Scott County: reported 1 tornado.
* Stone County: reported 1 death.
* Warren County: reported 1 death.
* Winston County: reported 1 tornado.

The names of the 49 counties in Mississippi, declared disaster areas for full Federal assistance, are: "Hurricane Katrina Disaster Area" (description, lists), "TaxAlmanac", 2005-12-08, webpage: [http://www.taxalmanac.org/index.php/Hurricane_Katrina_Disaster_Area TAcounties] : contains lists of disaster area counties in each state.] Adams, Amite, Attala, Claiborne, Choctaw, Clarke, Copiah, Covington, Franklin, Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Kemper, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Leake, Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison, Marion, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Pearl River, Perry, Pike, Rankin, Scott, Simpson, Smith, Stone, Walthall, Warren, Wayne, Wilkinson, Winston and Yazoo.Taxpayers were eligible for automatic relief in the 49 Mississippi counties designated for individual assistance.

Other counties were affected as well.

In the region

Since Hurricane Katrina traveled up the entire state, Mississippi lies in the center of the disaster areas for the region. Outside the area of high winds and storm surge, other areas were affected by spin-off tornadoes and rainfall flooding. The map below shows the declared disaster areas in the region.

The south tip of Florida includes damage when Hurricane Katrina originated in the Caribbean Sea, dumping over convert|14|in|mm of rain in the area.

Long-term impact

Rebuilding of towns took years, and some areas were not restored. The bay bridges were rebuilt as taller and stronger, as had been done around Pensacola in the years following Hurricane Ivan (2004). Because all 3 Emergency Command Centers in the Mississippi coastal counties had been flooded over 30 feet (9 m) above sea level, the rules for command-center elevation were changed to relocate to even higher ground. The casino-gambling regulations were changed to allow casinos to be built on land in taller buildings, no longer forcing the use of massive floating casino barges near a city, which could again become battering rams along 2nd and 3rd-story levels of nearby hotels. Celebrities who had previously visited New Orleans came to understand the massive devastation that occurred along the Gulf Coast cities. The US Army Corps of Engineers developed plans to rebuilt the protective barrier islands that had been washed out to sea along the coastal areas. Detailed reports were written describing how people had survived by swimming to taller buildings or trees, and noting that those too old or unable to swim did not survive. Many residents moved away and never returned. Medical studies attempted to estimate the indirect deaths caused by people losing their homes or local medical support.

ee also

*Hurricane Katrina effects by region


External links

* [http://www.southernspaces.org/contents/2008/katrina/1a.htm Katrina, One Year Later: Three Perspectives] Photos of the Mississippi Gulf Coast by David Wharton, Bruce West and Todd Bertolaet.
* [http://www.photosfromkatrina.com/ Aftermath of Katrina on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (Photo Essay)]
* [http://www.ihl.state.ms.us/urc/planning/econdept.htm December 2005 issue of MS Economic Review and Outlook]
* [http://dollarsandsense.org/archives/2006/0306toc.html Interviews about Katrina with Mississippi community activists]
* [http://www.healingkatrina.com Healing Katrina: Volunteering in Post-Hurricane Mississippi]

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