Monday, September 19, 2005

Went to Waveland two days ago, which Senor Keller wrote about earlier on. I will therefore refrain from describing the scene as a whole and just write about the pictures themselves. This was a house on Beach Blvd, where the waves and surge combined were over 50 feet, by some local estimates. [I am having trouble posting to the blog via past measures. I hope this still works.]

15 Comments:

Blogger HanktheDog said...

Astonishing pictures. Thanks.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Egyptoid said...

Keller! Norman!
great stories & pix...

Thanks. yours was the first
blog I read prior to my trip
down there. We gave some time
in Slidell with the yellow hats,
but I want to work in Biloxi on
future trips. I used to live in
Biloxi and its time to give back,
instead of the the taking I did
there years ago.


Can you guys help me?

I'm asking two things:

Having been on the ground
in Biloxi, can you tell me
which baptist church down there
is so bad off it can't even help
others yet? I've seen a couple that are okay and have food lines running. Are there any churches that need truck-loads of help?
I ask baptist because that's
the church I'm in now, and I need
my folks back home here to support me, and that's what they'd go for...not a negative thing, just a place to start


If your schedule permits, could
you survey the church situation
down there for me? or recommend
someone who knows? THANKS.

the second thing is can you link over
to my blog? its pitiful compared to yours, but hey I'm trying.
I've been making journal entries
from Slidell, but had no net over there except my trusty all-tel phone mail.


the Third thing is
we should probably have lunch sometime
when I make it to the Biloxi area... I don't know how else to
return the favors you could do me.

godspeed from
ELLIOTT

RAMBLING REBUILDER

9:54 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I was trying to figure this picture out when I saw it published somewhere else. Wasn't sure what this looked like before the storm. Seems odd that it's still standing. Never seen damage quite like this. The lower half of the house is purely skeletal while the upper half still has it's skin. Bizarre.

9:57 AM  
Blogger MKeller said...

Wendy-
The bottom floor blowouts happened for two reasons.
The first is the storm surge, which in parts of Waveland and other areas near the eye wall took above 30 feet of fast-rising gulf water. Consider it a big wave that rolls up on the land fast and packs the weight of millions of gallons of water behind it. That pressure easily broke apart mortar and brick and turned wall board into pulp.

Second, some modern building practices take into account that wind and water with buildings that are meant to blow out at the bottom. This allows that water and wind to pass through, and keeps the rest of the structure standing.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Josh Norman said...

wendy,
Where else did you see this photo published?
-Josh

11:21 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Josh, I've seen photos of this same structure... not necessarily this photo, but I recall this image on television when they were showing shot after shot... also on another website, can't tell you now where... my memory isn't cooperating. Thanks for this blog. You're a very talented photographer. I spend time here nearly everyday for new photos and commentary. Have been sharing this blog with friends and family too.

mkeller, I appreciate the information. I live in Kansas City and have never witnessed anything like this. It makes sense now that you've explained the building practices used down there. Thanks!

1:42 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

mkeller... should have thanked you too for this blog! Oops! You're both talented and I appreciate this blog very much.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Jeff Nicholas said...

nice picture but terrible circumtance

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