Hurricane Katrina: Bay St. Louis and Pass Christian, Mississippi
I took these pics 10 years ago; a couple months after Hurricane Katrina.
In March 2014, I revisited this area and quickly noticed that the rebuilding progress seems to be very slow compared to many parts in New Orleans. Pass Christian looks nothing like it did before Katrina. In the late 90s and early 00s, I spent many summers there as a kid and I remember how beautiful and alive the area was but now, it seems quite empty with a sparsity of houses, hotels, casinos, Waffle Houses, beach, real estate signs and Tim Burton-esque trees. Bay St. Louis, the area before the Pass Christian bridge(?), now looks almost the same as before Katrina and is very much alive. However, east of that bridge (in Pass Christian), there really is much of nothing on West & East Beach Blvd/Hwy 90 until you get near Biloxi. I mean I did see some restaurants and things in Gulfport on the way to Biloxi. But, I just remember how populated that whole area after the bridge (Pass Christian and Gulfport) was. And now, it’s just not the same, not even close. Does anyone know if the area by the beach will ever be rebuilt? I know there’s real estate signs all over Beach Blvd. I heard they were thinking of planting casinos all over that area. Is that true? I really hope not.