Surely not – the "new normal" on Mississippi's post-Katrina Coast

Although not as often as I’d like, I grab my camera, visit with the Sop family and revisit places that I saw while on the Coast providing disaster assistance following Hurricane Katrina.  I took these photographs March 26 and, as I reflect on what I saw, I’m reminded of how little has changes since my August 2008 SLABBED post Not what you see but what you don’t…the post-Katrina coast.

“Three Six years after Katrina, it’s the rebuilding that we don’t see that is contributing to what we can’t see – the mental health of those whose tomorrows are like their yesterdays. Hope – slabbed.”

These sites have become the “new normal” but life in the three coastal counties of Mississippi hasn’t been “normal” since Katrina.

5 thoughts on “Surely not – the "new normal" on Mississippi's post-Katrina Coast”

  1. Doesn't it make you sick to see what is NOT getting done on the coast. It is perhaps one of the most beautiful drives in the states and there are no homes to be seen. I was driving from the Pass toward Clermont Harbor and realized that they haven't even replaced the street signs in places.
    I miss the coast, but the impediments to building there are choking it.

  2. It's all so very sad. I could have taken those very same pictures this last Friday. And, as I drove past Judge Louis DeSonnier's "slab' in the Pass, a home that served as a Conderate hospital, I just wanted to cry. He is recently deceased, and as a consequence, I became flooded with so many wonderful memories being the guest of such a southern gentleman in such a southern place.

  3. It is sad – and, yes, it does make me sick. I look at those empty lots, slabs and popsicles and wonder if the owner was someone whose case we covered on SLABBED.

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