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An excellent series of full panoramic photos of the Katrina disaster have made by VR photographer Edward Fink shortly after Katrina from a helicopter 700 feet in the air. The series was first seen on the Washington Post website and his website bigeyeinthesky.com, which has the whole series, is linked here. The photos were shot several weeks after Katrina before any debris was removed. The photo link (left) is of Biloxi's Casino Row area.


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The Biloxi Town Green continues to be a bright spot in Post-Katrina Biloxi. Biloxi is leading the way regarding recovery and the Town Green has been a strong presence in all the new that is happening within the city. This photo was taken in mid February of 2007.The television show, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, built the the Katrina Memorial and restored the city's Town Green as a way to help everyone feel more positive about the future at a time that was truly bleak. There is no question that the project was a success. (Scroll down to the see the site as it was presented in 2006.)


As the 5th anniversary of Katrina approaches, the City of Biloxi has begun renovations, June 8, 2010, of the USS Biloxi
Memorial at the park in front of the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor. The USS Biloxi was a light cruiser that distinguished itself in
World War II. The 608-foot, 10,000-ton vessel, known by her 1,200 officers and crew as “The Busy Bee,” earned
 nine battle stars during her service from January 1944 to May 1945. (More Here)

It has been over four years since hurricane Katrina and much has changed. The above photo was shot from the 27th floor of the Beau Rivage in Biloxi Looking west in early November 2009. Here you can see the Biloxi Lighthouse and the beach. The lighthouse is nearing completion of a restoration project that repainted the exterior and restored its electrical systems. The beach highway has been rebuilt and the stately oak trees no longer look as if a tornado went through the area.

This is a Sept. 30, 2009  photograph of the rebuilt Grass Lawn home in Gulfport. Hurricane Katrina completely destroyed the original 1836 home on August 29, 2005. The home is owned by the City of Gulfport and used as a public meeting and reception facility on the beach in Gulfport, Grass Lawn is among the city's iconic structures and appears on the city's official logo.

This is a view of the City of Biloxi photographed in November 2007 from just west of Edgewater Mall , the city's largest shopping center. In the distance are are Coast Coliseum, and farther still, condos and the Beau Rivage. From this view, it is easy to imagine that Biloxi has fully recovered from hurricane Katrina, but that is not the case. While the city is looking better than since the storm, there are hundreds of homes that have yet to be rebuilt, and most of the businesses along the beach highway have not yet rebuilt.

The new Biloxi-Ocean Springs bridge fully opened April 7, 2008.The bridge opened to traffic on two lanes November 1. The former bridge was destroyed by Katrina on Aug. 29, 2005 and left Biloxi's Casino Row on a dead end highway. Now that the bridge is fully operational, it is expected to help move that slow recovery of the Coast into a higher gear. The bridge serves the Coast's busy U.S. 90 highway, which is the key artery for the area's tourism and business traffic.

Also open fully is the Bay St. Louis Bridge. This bridge links U.S. 90 west from Pass Christian in Harrison County to Bay St. Louis in Hancock County. The bridge was fully opened during the first month of 2008. It too replaces a lengthy bridge that was destroyed by Katrina.

This is a photo of part of the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum on the beach in Biloxi. Hurricane Katrina, along with the former Grand Casino Barge that was washed onshore, severely damaged the museum, which was under construction prior to the hurricane. While the Grand's barge has been removed, the museum property remains severely damaged. The Ohr-O'Keefe Museum will eventually be finished, but considerable work is ahead of the staff, and money is badly needed. The museum is operating currently in temporary offices.

This photo is of the newly constructed Hurricane Katrina Memorial at the Biloxi Town Green. The memorial was built as a project by the television show Extreme Makeovers Home Edition as one of several projects they have undertaken on the Coast. Work crews constructed the memorial in only five days and was completed 2/16/06. The memorial consists of a mosaic wave, symbolizing Katrina's storm surge, and a black wall with a glass case filled with personal art from Katrina victims. The project included re-landscaping and new sidewalks at the Town Green, which now sits like an oasis of green in the center of downtown at the beach highway. The granite on top of the black wall is the water height during Katrina.

This photo was taken in Long Beach showing a whole neighborhood where the wreckage from houses destroyed by Katrina have been removed. What is left are tons of smaller bits an pieces of homes and lives that the heavy equipment didn't remove. Trash is everywhere. Many homeowners are not coming back and not rebuilding but trying to sell their property. You can multiply this image by nearly 80 miles of shoreline in Biloxi, D'Iberville, Ocean Springs, Gautier, Pascagoula, Gulfport, Long Beach, Pass Christian, Bay St.Louis, Waveland, Pearlington.

This photo was typical throughout the Mississippi Coast in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It shows the complete destruction of homes in a neighborhood in Diamondhead, MS in Hancock County. But even with such destruction, the resilience and humor of one home owner is evident. While this photo is typical of the destruction on the Coast, there is no photography that can accurately depict how bad the damages are when seen first hand.  Photo Credit: Bruce W. Smith: Editorial Services   ©2005 Bruce W. Smith    ©2005 Keith Burton

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