Our New House
As described elsewhere on this website, we were building a new house in
Waveland, Mississippi. Here is a link to the section of the website that
described the progress on the house.
Our house was in Waveland, MS, on a lot that was 15.7 feet above Mean Sea
Level. In early August, we completed pouring the slab foundation for the
lot. On Friday, 26 August, I had a load of lumber delivered - mainly 2X6's
for the stud walls of the house. Framing was to start on Tuesday, 30
August. Katrina hit on Monday, 29 August.
Here is the slab before Katrina, complete with plumbing under the slab, ready
to start building. Note the trees surrounding the lot and the house to the
right of my lot. On the left of the photo is the sign containing my
building permit, which is required to be posted on the lot. To the left of
this sign -- off the left edge of the photo -- is a power pole with a
transformer on top. Check out the next photo.
Here is my lot after Katrina. Note the condition of the
trees and the absence of the house next door. The power pole was on one
corner of my lot, the red vertical bar just beyond the dead pine tree is the
other front corner of the lot. The slab is in there somewhere. This
power pole was located just off the left edge of the photo above.
Below is the roof from the house that was to the right on my lot
-- it's now sitting on the lot to the left of mine. Don't know where the
rest of the house is. Don't know where the air compressor came from.
The following photographs are of my street, Whispering Pines
Drive, Waveland, MS. These photos are important because they show what the
ENTIRE TOWN OF WAVELAND, MS, LOOKED LIKE AFTER KATRINA. The town was
destroyed -- it's not that a few houses were heavily damaged, it's that the
entire town was wiped off the map -- every structure in the town within 1/2 mile
of the beach was destroyed and every other structure was heavily damaged, most
beyond repair. These photos were taken a week after the hurricane; the
Corps of Engineers had come in and run a bulldozer up the street; before that,
the street was buried under debris.
My neighbor Jimmy's 3,000 square foot house.
And here is an aerial photo of our street, Whispering Pines
Note that the lots close to the beach are relatively clean with little debris on
the lots -- when the storm surge
came ashore, it swept everything in its path -- as the surge wave continued, it
began to lose strength and drop debris. Thus, lots close to the
beach were swept clean and debris began to pile up on those lots farther back
from the beach. The houses in this photo that appear to be undamaged are
ruined -- they were under water; debris smashed doors, windows, and walls; all
of them will have to be bulldozed, none can be rebuilt. In the lower right
corner you see a triangular-shaped pond with the remains of a house between the
pond and the beach. This was a huge house -- three stories -- pond had
Canada Geese and swans; the back end of the lot had a putting green and guest
Another aerial photo of Whispering Pines Drive.
Here is a link to photos taken by another resident of our
street -- Whispering Pines Drive -- on 5 September 2005, six days after the