Gulf Coast Reconstruction

Posted Monday, March 24, 2008, at 11:25 PM
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  • My one and only trip to the Gulf Coast was just a couple of months before Katrina. I was preparing for a mission trip and went down to spend a couple of nights with one of my teammates in Bay St. Louis, Miss., so that I could work on soapmaking with her. She and her husband and their college-age daughter had just moved into a brand new home in a development near the Bay St. Louis Bridge (they kept apologizing to me because they didn't have window treatments up yet).

    Their home was flooded up to the doorknobs during Katrina, but miraculously escaped structural damage, even though the homes on either side (and this was a development where the homes were very close together) were both damaged badly. They also got a view of the Gulf for the first time because so many of the trees and buildings between them and the water were destroyed.

    The family has ended up moving away from Mississippi since then, not so much because of Katrina but because of the husband's job.

    -- Posted by Jicarney on Tue, Mar 25, 2008, at 10:08 AM
  • America's leaders have their priorities in the wrong place.

    How can we try to prove to the world that we are a loving nation? A democracy? And claim to be peace-seekers.. when all they have to do is see how our government handled catastrophe on it's own territory.

    I agree, the current work being done is good progress, but how would any of us like it if it were THREE years later after a storm, and not a single house on your former street had been cleared out and not a single bit of reconstruction had begun. I find it appalling that we can allocate funds to an endless war, yet our Congress fights tooth and nail over how much money they should disperse to its very own country. I'd be all for giving up my "stimulus package money" and letting them send it directly to the renovation of people's livelihoods, in AMERICA.

    -- Posted by darrick_04 on Tue, Mar 25, 2008, at 10:49 PM
  • I have relatives who live on the coast and they tell me that New Orleans is the main place where there are still problems and a lot of the hold-up comes from local govt-not federal.

    -- Posted by stardust on Fri, Mar 28, 2008, at 11:38 AM
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