Tuesday, August 30, 2005

08:42 a.m. CDT
Just got back from a morning run with one of the Knight Ridder photogs. We made it down to the beach at Cowan Rd. Apartment complexes were torn to shreds and the Fun Time amusement park doesn't exist anymore. The smell of gas is thick in the neighborhoods.
Saw National Guard trucks rolling into town and Red Cross just mobilized the largest recovery effort they have ever done. Lots of Long Beach has been destroyed. Point Cadet has been largely destroyed. Popps Ferry Bridge is shut down. The hurricane bent the steel part of it bad enough that it can't close all the way. Ocean Springs bridge is gone and I've heard that the Pass got hit very hard. I think their bridge is down, too. Pass Road is the only one that is drivable and it is barely that.
One of the reporters was just told her house is gone.
Josh was trying to head west to Long Beach to survey.

48 Comments:

Blogger Pineapple said...

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7:19 AM  
Blogger The Fergoosons said...

I'd like to see if I can get info about the area where pass road meets Keesler, My brother lives about a block down along the fence at Keesler. Thanks

7:28 AM  
Anonymous Debra Sinyard said...

Please, please someone needs to help me find out if my brother
Theodore Parry Hughes is alive!
He was unable to evacuate and was supposedly in an apartment building on biloxi beach near the Hard Rock Casino. There is no-one I know to contact, except for the cell phone he had with him.
My name is Debra Sinyard and I am his sister. If anyone knows how I can find out any information, please let me know. My e-mail is
maga335@hotmail.com. Thank you for any help

7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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7:42 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Am desperate for news of Pass - parents stayed home at 23302 Montebella Road, off of Menge Ave. If anyone knows anything - please let me know!
liz
liz_perl@yahoo.com

7:57 AM  
Blogger datarep said...

Looking for info about Ocean Springs around Magnolia school, gulf park esteates, spanish fort.

8:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have family along Three Rivers Rd that I have not be able to get ahold of. They live right of that road in Southern Oaks Trailor Park on Three Rivers Rd Right off of I-10 across or Seaway Rd right before Deodox Rd the street from the Cinimark movie theater and the Mall.

I just really want a damage report because it is a little more inland and if there is little damage I am sure that they are fine. But anything, Any kind of information would be great right about now.

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

The Ocean Springs bridge is gone? Gone? I am totally speechless.

My brother is at Keesler AFB and he told me last night that the hospital there had lost power after their generators were flooded and they were just scrambling to keep patients alive. They were moving patients into the hallways on the upper floors. He said he couldn't describe what things were like except that he felt like he was living out a scene from a disaster movie.

Please, anyone out there, donate to the Red Cross if you can. Water and supplies are desperately needed.

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please my dad is in Gulfport, does anybody know anything about Bayou View, closer to the airport side?

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you been up Debuys the other way? Any word on the Jefferson Davis College or the Plantation Apartments?

8:31 AM  
Anonymous cornel sarosdy said...

Not a comment but a question if you have time: there is a large concrete plant along the RR, somewhat to the East part of Gulfport, originally Blossman Concrete. The cement tank must have been 60-70 ft high. Is it still standing??

Cornel

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please post any information concerning Ocean Springs damage south of hiway 90 & also any information near Potticaw landing in Vancleave. Thanx BR in Seabrook,tx

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/29/AR2005082900206.html?nav=rss_business

double cclick on the littler picture. This may be a help to some.

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to live in the base housing just behind the hospital. My wife and I still have many friends in Biloxi and Gulfport. The level of destruction and the height of the storm surge just floored me.

Our hearts go out to everyone who has been in Katrina's path.

We can't do much to help from Illinois, but we will encourage our family and friends to send donations to the Red Cross.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

anonymous: I have just spoken to someone who has driven around Ocean Springs. Damage to the downtown area is extensive. Many homes and apartment buildings along Front Beach have been completely destroyed. Gulf Park Estates also looks very bad.

Most of the homes north of 90 appeared to have come out okay. I wouldn't worry too much about Vancleave, except for maybe flooding and tree damage.

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the Bienville Animal hospital in Ocean Springs on hwy 90 does anyone know if it survived the hurricane?

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have family in Gulfport - they live just off Anniston (the rr tracks are in their backyard). If anyone knows anything about this area please email. I also have a house in Biloxi in a subdivision called "The Bluffs" it's off Popps Ferry (just North of the Fire Station)- any news on that area would also be appreciated.
tbailey@carolina.rr.com

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Micah said...

My family's home is on North Island view in Long Beach. Can anyone tell me if the homes in that area are still there?

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ocean Springs - any info on area near PARK LANE. South of RR track near OS highschool. I have my Mother, Aunt, Uncle, 92 yo grandmother and 96 yo great aunt that stayed on Park Lane.

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Stacy S. said...

I did get a voicemail at about 10:30am on Tue. from my Aunt and Uncle who live in Long Beach near the intersection of Park Row Ave and Allen Rd. They and other family living near Nicholson are O.K. They do have some roof damage.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

my boyfriend is at kessler and the only information that I have got was on the kessler webpage. We know that we won't hear from him anytime soon, but if ya'll here anything please post it or something. My email is kraize_blonde@hotmail.com. I really like that you two are keeping people like me informed and doing what ya'll do. thank you

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone know if government st. in ocean springs is still there?

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI,
I would like to know how Chateau del Mar weathered the storm. Please anyone ... Let me know.
Thanks

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry... Chateau Del Mar is at 1410 Beach blvd.. .. Please let me know how the condos there are. I forgot to put the address of the condos on my first post.

1:53 PM  
Blogger astamps said...

Any word on Ken and Leone Matthew that live at 104 South Wright? They stayed? Please are they alive?


My parents live at 811 Magnolia Street in Long Beach between South Island View and Runnells. What is the damage? Does the street exist?

3:15 PM  
Blogger astamps said...

Has anyone heard about Ken and Leone Matthew on 104 South Wright in Long Beach?

Has anyone seen Magnolia Street between South Island View and Runnells?

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Russell said...

Any info on Evans Ave in Gulfport would be greatly appreciated.

Mother (stroke patient) and Brother (heart patient) haven't been heard from. Don't even know if them or any of the other family evacuated. Desperate for information.

Shirley & Jim Russell are their names. Also looking for Barbara Hillis & Family & Lendy & famliy.

contact me at carriew@amazon.com

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems like the media has forgotten about Pass Christian. I have family members that suvived the storm near St. Jude Church in Pineville on Evangeline road. they have not received any aide or help considering lack of media coverage or even mention of the Pass. If you have any info, then I would be most obliged.

11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stuck in TN. Saw a glimpse of my shop Came at a great time because we finally heard from the last lost Family member. Would greatly appreciate any info on Milner Blvd. Off of Anniston Ave. Also pass on to Negrotto's at 2219 that there grandchildren are fine here in TN with us. Can e-mail us at negrottosgallery@yahoo.com

11:27 PM  
Blogger rchkasson said...

My wife and I would like to find out if our friends are OK. Specifically we're looking for Randi Bennett who lives on River Rd or anyone who was a teacher at Westminster Academy in Gulfport through the 1980's. Is the school still standing?

Y'all have done a great job with this blog. It took a lot of courage and tenacity to ride this one out. Thanks.

8:07 AM  
Blogger rchkasson said...

Oops. Should have left an email.
kasson4@charter.net or rkasson@valmeyerk12.org

8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone have info on The Inn By The Sea or The Village on Henderson Point?
e-mail spg@cableone.net

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My grandson lives with us and his mother lives in Windsor Park area of Ocean Springs, Landcaster Blvd. We got an attempted call from her @ 7:58PM on the 27th but it failed. Nothing by cell. We are in need of info on that areaand her, if possible. Bobbie Jean Pinson (Bledsoe, at times). E-Mail: benjoel@bellsouth.net, and may God Bless You, Jim

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what kind of damage was done at Pops Ferry Rd and Camp Wilkes Rd.? My parents, The Rigley's, live on Lakewood Dr. I would appreciate any information I can get about their welfare.

10:47 AM  
Blogger 180degrees said...

That is bad, I know the area and it way sad, what happened.

Ive been through 5 hurricanes, and know well how it is.

You are all in my prayers

1:22 PM  
Blogger Kandice Frost said...

I have read only three of your entries. So , you might have answered this question. Did you experience any damage? Are there therapists there to help people?
Hooray for the Red Cross!

4:55 PM  
Blogger maayan said...

Good reporting guys; nothing beat news from site!!! Will bookmark. Post more photos ok, if that is possible.

5:28 AM  
Blogger AmeriKaKanKare said...

This is a tragedy for everybody. we are all going to be affected by Hurricane Katrina effects.

Thanks for showing these pictures

Find out how you can help: Redcross and other trustworthy organizations

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello all and thank you for this website and information, My family and I are desperately trying to find out any information on Rosewood Estates in Ocean Springs. Have family there that stayed and have had no information or contact from them. PLEASE, does anyone know about the subdivision, damage and if the houses are still there. PLEASE contact me at: preastd@walton.k12.fl.us This is my school address where I teach. THANK YOU ALL, David P.

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

About bayou View by the airport:

My sister lives at 53rd St. between Quincy and Kendall Aves, which very near the airport, and they were so lucky and had very little damage...a few trees down. I know there was some flooding from the Bayou and drainage canals/creeks, but I think it wasn't too bad for most people in that neighborhood.

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have grandmother on Highland Drive (764) in Biloxi very close to back bay (north side).... desperate for info....we know she stayed in her home...please share information if you have it.

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Austin said...

My name is Austin, I'm a brige engineer from michigan. We are currently gearing up to inspect the Popps Ferry bridge, and recommend repairs. It would be helpfull if anyone has digital pictures of the draw bridge (before and /or after). If you have any, please send them to emailafu@gmail.com

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