New Katrina book shares Bay St. Louis storm story

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - BAY ST LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - As we approach the five year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, you'll be hearing a lot about events, videos and books to commemorate the worst natural disaster in U.S. history. Former CNN reporter Kathleen Koch, who once called Bay St. Louis home, has authored a Katrina memoir.

Rising From Katrina How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered is more than just the title of Koch's account of her hometown; you might say it's been the motto adopted by the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast over the past five years.

Koch spent weeks walking the rubble in Hancock County after the August 29, 2005 storm, showing the devastation to the world. Along with the stories about survival in her book, Koch shares stories of South Mississippi's resilience and gratitude for the army of volunteers who came to our rescue.

Koch will hold a book signing Thursday at 5 p.m. at Barnes and Noble in Gulfport. Just before that event, Kathleen will be at WLOX to talk about her book on the 4 o'clock Show.

Koch will donate a portion of her proceeds to two groups still helping with the ongoing relief efforts to rebuild after Katrina.

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