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

John Fitzhugh / The Sun Herald

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.

John Fitzhugh continues the Before and after Series today profiling my childhood church, St Clare in Waveland. 

Donna Melton profiles one of the few national media members who never forgot the coast in Pass Christian’s own Robin Roberts, who came home to broadcast Good Morning America live from the Pass. Robin’s sister Sally Ann does the morning show on WWL. 

Geoff Pender did a great job following the money in his story which went national A quarter of Katrina aid money still unspent. Here is a snippet: 

“They’ve modeled almost all the Louisiana projects on what we’ve done in Mississippi. In subsequent disasters, states have come to look at us and look at our accountability systems, because our error rate has been so low and federal government departments and agencies have praised our auditing and systems of control.”