You should have come to this page from our introductory page about Hurricane
Katrina. This page contains photos of our apartment after the hurricane,
29 August 2005, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi.
This was the apartment parking lot. The vehicles scattered around are
not running -- they were parked neatly -- when the storm surge hit, it moved
them around and dropped them as you see them here. All were totaled from
flood damage. All first floor apartments were under water and ruined.
Folks were still living upstairs. The two baskets and wheeled cart in the
foreground were filled with small items we salvaged from our apartment -- not
much to show for 39 years of marriage.
This was sad. The front seat of my faithful 1989 Nissan
pickup after it was under 6 - 8 feet of water -- the white roll is a set of
house plans for the house we were building; two plants I had put inside the
truck before the hurricane, thinking they would be safe; yellow tape measure,
ruined from salt water; bed of truck was filled with my carpentry tools, all
ruined from salt water submersion. Truck was totaled -- after
190,000 trouble-free miles. The microphone is attached to my amateur radio
transceiver -- Yaesu FT-857D, almost brand-new -- totaled.
We knew we were in trouble when we saw the water line on the front
And when we opened the door and got our first look -- and our first scent --
of the living room - - -
Notice the water line on the wall and across the face of the grandfather
clock. I opened the clock and swung the pendulum -- clock started ticking
and is keeping perfect time. Note the water line at the bottom of the sofa
and the ottoman (where the TV remote is lying) These pieces must have
floated. The wooden chairs also must have floated and come down randomly
as you see them here. Mud was six inches deep on the floor and the place
smelled like -- well, it smelled -- we could only stand to be inside for five
minutes at a time.
This is an antique Hoosier cupboard that we took apart and rebuilt in 1984.
The top was above the water and we rescued it. The bottom was destroyed --
wood was swelled, joints came apart, could not salvage it. The single malt
scotch on top of the Hoosier was high and dry -- salvaged it. The bike was
done for -- salt water in the gears, etc. To the left are two tables
sitting on top of our kitchen table (48-inch round, oak) -- before this photo
was taken we pulled the two tables out of the mud and set them atop the round
table -- saved all the tables. Notice the water line on the drop-leaf
Master bedroom. The bed is undisturbed -- except it was under water and
the mattress was full of water. We retrieved the quilt and it is fine
after several washings. Note the chest of drawers lying on its back
-- drawers were full of wife's clothes and jewelry, chest was ruined from
submersion and mold; broke open a drawer to retrieve jewelry, saved most of it;
notice the mold growing on the bottom. We saved the bed frame -- headboard,
footboard, and side rails. Bedside tables were done for -- submerged,
swelled, split, molded.
Here's the second bedroom -- same as the master -- mattress was waterlogged;
chest of clothes was waterlogged, split from swelling, molded; computer was on
the floor, under water, ruined; printer fell off its stand into the water,
ruined. Not in this photo to the right was bookcase and our family
files -- all submerged and ruined.
Close-up of computer desk. Saved the monitor. Problem with the
LinkSys router is -- router was fine but its power supply was submerged and
ruined -- ditto for the fax/printer and the scanner.
Photo below shows my Meade ETX-90 telescope on the living room floor, buried in
mud. Total loss. As best I can figure, this scope would have
survived the hurricane -- it was on a tripod and the scope was a foot or so
above water level. I looked at the wreckage in the apartment and it looked
as though one of the ottomans in front of the sofa floated, bumped into the
scope, and knocked it over where it came to rest as shown in the photo.
The other scope, an Orion XT-8 Dobsonian reflector was in our storage unit in
Pass Christian, MS -- under 20 feet of water, it was ruined also.