Good Christ, here are pictures of the devastation in Gulfport, Mississippi, where my sister and her family have been living for the past few years. Their apartment is/was across the street (U.S. 90, "buried under inches - or feet - of sand") from the Gulf of Mexico. Gulfport is in the Biloxi area withiin Harrison County, where most of Hurricane Katrina's fatalities have been reported. My sister, brother-in-law and nephew were relatively safe in Panama City, Florida last I heard, and I don't know if they've attempted to return home yet, but I doubt it.
Here are some of the damage reports from that area:
Gulf Coast Medical Center lost power and evacuated patients to Alabama hospitals . . . Miss. State Port lost its lifting facilities and cranes. . . Historical Grass Lawn building destroyed. . . Fun Time USA left with only bumper boats, pool and go-cart track . . . Numerous businesses and homes on Pass Road damaged or destroyed. . . Dozens of homes missing on Beach Boulevard. . . Fire chief estimates 75 percent of buildings have major roof damage, "if they have a roof left at all" . . . the storm surge crossed the CSX railroad tracks. . . Heavy damage to Memorial Hospital . . . First floor of the Armed Forces Retirement Home flooded . . . 3 of 4 walls have collapsed at Harrison Central 9th Grade School in North Gulfport. . . At least three firehouses have taken significant damage . . .
Several points of irritation:
Mentions of the new Hard Rock Casino's giant guitar surviving the storm. Comparisons to the tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands of people. Casino damage reports- I know it's almost all they have down there in south Mississippi but, c'mon.