Friday, May 25, 2007
Bay St. Louis
Pretty much dead center of Katrina's landfall. Nice little town that was clearly still picking up the pieces. The woman making iced coffee at the Mockingbird Cafe reported that the building had lost its roof during the storm - modest damage compared to much of the rest of the area. I didn't appreciate how severe the damage had been until I checked out the Katrina section at Bay Books and saw pictures of what things had looked like before and just after the storm.
I happened to arrive for the grand re-opening of the Bay St. Louis bridge - big event around here and clear proof that Mississippi politicians are just as long winded as those from other places. They talked and talked, first on one side of the bridge then on the other, and then the parade began. It gave me a couple hours to explore the area.
postscript: May 29 NY Times article