Biloxi, Mississippi - Katrina Recovery

The perspective of a volunteer in the recovery effort.


Residents returning to their homes after the hurricane frequently found nothing but rubble.

Sometimes the homes had been knocked from their foundations and swept into other locations.

A roof from somewhere down the street lies in the back yard of a home.

A front yard in Long Beach is filled with cars, trucks, and debris.

In Long Beach cars and trucks were mixed into the rubble where homes used to be.

Even if a house remained intact, everything in the interior needs to be removed, down to the basic
structure. This work continues today, with many people lacking the resources to have this done.
Instead, they live, often with their children, inside rotting houses, breathing mold.

Biloxi's old Gulf-front mansions felt the full power of the storm.