PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - In 1969, Hurricane Camille came ashore in Pass Christian. The storm was the worst that city had ever seen, until 2005.
Five years ago Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Pearlington, MS, just 23 miles to the west of Pass Christian.
Before Hurricane Katrina, 6,500 people called Pass Christian home. Five years later, 4,500 people are at home in the Pass. 1,800 homes were destroyed or severely damaged during the storm, along with 200 businesses. 1,500 homes have been repaired or rebuilt along with 125 businesses.
All of the public buildings were destroyed in Katrina. Of those nine structures, eight have been rebuilt and one is in the pre-construction stage.
The city of Pass Christian has received $23.5 million in government funds to rebuild. Pass Christian is also home to a 153,000 square foot Walmart super center. It opened October 2009, four years after Katrina blew ashore.