Gulfport Travel Blog› entry 3 of 8 › view all entries
Took a day trip to Gulfport and Biloxi, MS to see what progress had been made since my last trip after Hurricane Katrina in October 2005 to help my friends clean up their place there. We also wanted to show a friend of mine that was on this trip the damage first hand. He was shocked.
I have to be honest - there has been little to no progress in rebuilding! Utter and complete devastation all along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. All of the debris and stuff that came with the high winds and storm surge have been cleared away. The only rebuilding that is taking place is at the casinos (The Beau Rivage in Biloxi is gorgeous - as though it had been plucked right out of Las Vegas and landed there) and some larger chain businesses (Waffle House, Ruby Tuesday's, etc).
The pictures for this particular blog on Gulfport are a few I took with a cellular camera (can you believe I forgot my digital camera on that trip and this one?) in October 2005 during my visit to help my friends clean up the debris on their property. Kinda lets you get a feel for what it's still like there. Not much has changed! And it's amazing that all you hear about in the mainstream media is New Orleans, New Orleans, New Orleans. I didn't see physical devastation like this in New Orleans!! Those houses are still standing. Along the Mississippi coast, huge stretches of land for miles, almost 3-4 blocks deep where multi-story apartment buildings, condos, businesses and centuries-old historic homes used to be - GONE. Nothing left but their concrete foundations.