I hear ya Hurricane Fred... I'm living on the beach in Biloxi in my tiny little FEMA trailer and see it every darn day, and I'm still amazed and it’s still hard for me to believe.... the MS coast has been wiped off the face of the earth, at least everything within several blocks of the beach along Biloxi and Gulfport.. and along the bay and rivers, as you go more to the west - Long Beach, Pass, Bay St. L and Waveland... the total devastation goes inland for many many blocks...... they are razing down everything, very few structures will remain... its so incredible..
I did meet Margie and her mom yesterday... hey gang she's much nicer in person than online... hehe.... it was nice of her to pay me a visit... her mom was very nice to... sometimes you have to separate science from reality... I'm living in the reality of the aftermath of one of the greatest storm surges in recorded history... I don't care about how fast the winds blew, or how the storm weakened as it came onshore, or they downgraded it to a Cat 3... Bottom line, it was a surge of unprecedented records... and cause more damage than any other storm in history… and it still is hard for me to believe that I’m right in the middle of it… still…
My official surge per NOAA was 25.72 inches, with the highest along the coast at Pass with 35 feet, Beau at 25 feet and Bay St. Louis at 28 feet.. the ~26 feet at my neighborhood sounds about right from the water marks left in the destroyed houses... it could have been a couple of feet higher but it really doesn't matter... 12 of 13 homes on the block were completely destroyed... the other in quite bad shape but fixable..
Here is the NOAA link to the Katrina Impact Assessment report for those interested in the surge levels...
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