Bay resident Chris Lagarde found the house in Magnolia Branch Marsh after investigating a bit of yellow and white painted wood he has noticed poking out of the swamp for two years. He said he never dreamed there might be a house under it.
Lagarde, who works for U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor, organized a field trip of college volunteers to begin pulling the debris out. They used planks to make their way about 400 yards to the house, which was surprisingly somewhat still intact.
The volunteers began dismantling the one-story wood house Tuesday. The debris piles are being placed in dumpsters, which will be emptied by the city, he said. Metal found in the home is being recycled…
The home is believed to belong to Ed and Sandy Conrad, who lived on Second Street during the hurricane, but relocated to Kentucky. Calls to the Conrads were unanswered. The volunteers are trying to salvage some of the family’s personal belongings, Lagarde said.
David Weir with Mission on the Bay said volunteers found a surprise in the dishwasher. “It still had the dishes in there,” he said. “They’re all intact. Dirty, but intact.”
“Some five years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, we are reminded that there are still those who can’t enjoy the comforts of permanent housing and are proud that we were able to work with Bay-Waveland Habitat for Humanity to donate a Lowe’s Katrina Cottage and a grant for this new home,” said district manager Rick Cook.