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A resident's report: Isaac tests Mississippi town battered by Katrina

Ellis Anderson

The Washington Street Pier beachfront picnic pavilion in Bay St. Louis, Miss., about 11:30 a.m. local time Wednesday, soon after high tide. The shelter was constructed as part of Hancock County's recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

Ellis Anderson, an activist and artist from Bay St. Louis, Miss., was profiled in Rising from Ruin in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Anderson -- who authored an award-winning book on Katrina called "Under Surge, Under Siege" -- briefly ventured outside Wednesday morning. "It's steady 35 mph with gusts to 60," she said. Two tornado sirens went off and it looks like at least six inches of rain have fallen.

"But overall, this town’s rebuilt to withstand storms like this without too much of a bump," she said. "Unless we get a lot of lot of tornadoes, I’m betting we’ll have mail delivery tomorrow."

Anderson sent the image above on Wednesday. On Tuesday, just before Isaac made landfall, Anderson sent along the images and words below.


Ellis Anderson

The new, multimillion-dollar seawall was completed by the Corps of Engineers earlier this year and was a popular observation point Tuesday as the winds of Hurricane Isaac started battering the Gulf Coast.

The railroad bridge in the background above had to be completely rebuilt after Katrina destroyed the original bridge. Note that the water is already rising over the pilings at 5 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, hours before Isaac was predicted to make landfall.

Ellis Anderson

A popular spot for locals to fish, the Dunbar pier on the bay side of the Bay St. Louis peninsula was rebuilt in 2007 after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the original.  

Seen above, the sign notifying the public of the pier's expansion -- along with the road that runs alongside the Bay -- were swamped by the rising surge by 4 p.m. Tuesday, making the roads impassable.

Above, a home built to new higher elevation standards put into place after Hurricane Katrina seems to sit in a lake as the surge begins to push marsh waters up in the lower lying Cedar Point area of Bay St. Louis. 

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