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Friday, September 02, 2005

Destruction, Gas Shortages

The Sun Herald, the newspaper for Biloxi and Gulfport, has a town-by-town listing of the damage in Southern Mississippi. The historic Jefferson Davis home, Beauvoir, has been destroyed.

The listing for Biloxi:
Water lines ruptured; municipal water may be on soon, but is probably contaminated. . . Pass Road open . . . Legacy Towers condos survive. . . Ryans, Red Lobster, Olive Garden washed away along U.S. 90. . . Lighthouse still standing. Biloxi-Ocean Springs Bridge gone. Bottom floor of the library and the home of Jefferson Davis home, Beauvoir destroyed. . . . Sharkshead Souvenir City gone. . . Edgewater Village strip shopping center gutted . . . Also gone: the steeple of historic Hansboro Presbyterian Church; Waters Edge II apartments; Diamondhead Yacht Club, the old neon McDonald's sign on Pass Road . . . Massive damage in east end of city. . . almost total devastation primarily south of the railroad tracks near Lee Street, Point Cadet and Casino Row. . . Beau Rivage still stands. . . Hard Rock Casino, scheduled to open in early September, suffered 50 percent damages. The signature guitar, said to be the world's largest, still stands. . . At least five casinos out of commission. . . St. Thomas the Apostlic Catholic Church, which sits on U.S. 90, is gone.

I've been reading the D'Iberville message board at the Sun Herald to try to find some information about the area where my parents house is located. It doesn't sound good. I've heard reports of houses 1 mile NE and 1 mile NW of their house being flooded and destroyed.

Their house is located just across the bay from where Katrina destroyed the Hwy. 90 bridge to Ocean Springs.

My parents were debating whether to go down this weekend to check on Dad's timber in Mobile and their house. They were afraid they'd get down there and then not be able to find gas to get back.

Then just a while ago, my dad heard about a man who shot a gas station owner in Huntsville (two hours north of us) and others who hijacked a Hunt Oil truck. Now they feel it's too dangerous to travel south.

Where I live, we have been restricted to buying 10 gallons of gas at a time because people panicked and starting filling up trailer-loads of gas cans. When I filled up Tuesday night, the guy at the next pump filled up two giant blue barrels - $255 worth.

You'd think watching the footage of the devastation, the lives lost, the atrocities, the crimes and shootings in New Orleans, would make people stop being so damn greedy and selfish.

But instead even safe people up here are turning into animals.

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Greg said...

Unfortunately some people only know how to be greedy and selfish. I think it is very wise that your family stay out of the area for now. No point in making a bad situation worse.

3:49 PM  
Jocelyn said...

Oh Kristen- I am so sorry. You know, we hear all these terrible stories about gangs of thugs, and rapes, and then small soul-less stories like yours about people hoarding gas etc...

But I just know there have to be some wonderful stories of people helping one another and I hope we start to hear those soon.

I hope all the people get out and are safe and that wherever they go, they are received with compassion and a lack of selfishness!

8:07 PM  
novaks8 said...

People really suck sometimes.
But they can also be wonderful.

There was a woman in Texas who went to Burger King and bought a bunch of meals and handed them out to the refugees.

Geraldo (who I never liked all that much before) was sobbing, holding a baby trying to plead for help for the people still in the convention center in New Orleans.

The mayor of New Orleans who obviously loves his city and you can just see it eating at his soul.

Same with Harry Connick Jr. Watching him sing about the region while Wynton Marsalis played his trumpet was tear jerking.

Good luck but please be safe.
What has happened has happened and there isn't much they can do now one way or another.

10:09 PM  
Kristin said...

Yes, there are many good stories, too. I think the majority of people in our city, state, country are doing the right things. Many people who had hotel reservations for the first Alabama football game gave them up to refugees, along with their tickets so the refugees could have a little fun. I've been reading the Tuscaloosa News this morning, and many people are opening up their homes, making donations, helping any way they can.

2:18 PM  

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