National Public Radio remembers Bay St Louis on Katrina plus 5

NPR remembered Katrina plus 5 on weekend edition today (Hat Tip Editilla) in an 11 minutes segment.  Those interested in listening or reading the report at NPR can click here. Here is a snippet:

“But we need people — need people coming back, coming home. That’s what is going to do it. That’s what’s going to pull us through. But — just like my parents — what’s preventing them from coming home is insurance.

“I’m sure people around the country think, ‘Why do those people live there? They’ve got oil spills. They’ve got hurricanes.’ But you just look over that water and there’s something that grounds you here. It’s beautiful and the people here are beautiful, and that’s why we stay.”

Mississippi State Sen. David Baria of Bay St. Louis has introduced insurance reform bills in the legislature for the past three years; he can’t get them through committee. Continue reading “National Public Radio remembers Bay St Louis on Katrina plus 5”

The Sun Herald Remembers Katrina plus 5: Katrina anniversary coverage miscellany

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The Sun Herald has extensive coverage of Hurricane Katrina for the 5th anniversary of the storm. Here is a quick roundup: 

State Senator David Baria, who represents Katrina ground zero, wrote an excellent guest Op-Ed for the Sun Herald. He covers the insurance problems and the failure of the state’s leadership to solve the problems with the dysfunctional wind insurance market and how that has hindered our post storm recovery. He points out the 6 coastal counties supply 35% of the state’s tax revenues which makes our insurance problem a state wide problem. 

Tammy Smith looks back on one million coast Katrina recovery volunteers (and counting) and chronicles a group on the coast now from Bucks County Pennsylvania.  The good people in Bucks and Montgomery Counties Pennsylvania have true angels for the people in Hancock County since the storm. Continue reading “The Sun Herald Remembers Katrina plus 5: Katrina anniversary coverage miscellany”