The Sun Herald has these really cool flash animations showing before and after Katrina photos. I’ve been asked to provide some pre-Katrina photos, but alas, one never thinks to take a picture of the things you’ve seen every single day for 20 years.
Waveland (my hometown) is under Hancock County. Only the Before / After photo of St. Clare Church is from Waveland, but Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, and Long Beach were hit just as hard. If you check out the trailer on the right, that’s where your donated items went to (minus the clothes that had to go to a place in Diamondhead.)
Here’s a breakdown of the Mississippi Gulf Coast by Counties and Cities:
(New Orleans, LA) – Hancock County – Harrison County – Jackson County
(New Orleans, LA) – Waveland – Bay St. Louis – Pass Christian – Long Beach – Gulfport – Biloxi – (Mobile, AL)
I also wanted to call out this before / after shot of the Bay Bridge (that connects Bay St. Louis to Pass Christian).
I think the Beachwalk Condominiums in Long Beach really captures the scene. You drive by these buildings all the time, and then suddenly they are gone, along with every other building in a 50 mile stretch of road.
Let me know if you have before / after photos of Waveland and Bay St. Louis that you would like me to share.