Hurricane Katrina remembered in Waveland

Hurricane Katrina remembered in Waveland
Waveland's Ground Zero Museum reflected on the Gulf Coast's growth since Hurricane Katrina. (Photo Source: WLOX)
Waveland's Ground Zero Museum reflected on the Gulf Coast's growth since Hurricane Katrina. (Photo Source: WLOX)
It's been 13 years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall in South Mississippi. (Photo Source: WLOX)
It's been 13 years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall in South Mississippi. (Photo Source: WLOX)

People in South Mississippi remembered the devastation that happened 13 years ago during Hurricane Katrina.

It was a somber look back and an optimistic look forward at the Ground Zero Hurricane Museum in Waveland. The museum held a Hurricane Katrina memorial service and survivors looked at how far the coast has come.

"Of course we were sad and loved the way we were, but because of the storm, we're building back better," said Lili Murphy, Ground Zero Museum Board Chair.

The museum is full of the memories immediately before and after the storm. It sits just up the road from the beach where there are still many empty lots. What has managed to come back is encouraging for some. "I think how far we've come. I think about the houses that are being built now," said Myra Roth.

Roth remembers coming back home to find devastation where her life used to be. "All we had was each other. We couldn't see street signs, there were no more street signs, there was nothing. We only had each other," she said.

Many people see the work being done in the city and are hoping it bodes well for the future. "Just last year alone, there was $38 million in new construction in Waveland. It's put the city on a good financial footing," said Terry Cullen.

For Cullen, this day always leaves a bittersweet taste in his mouth. "August 29th is my birthday. So now, forevermore and since that time, I get to share a birthday with Hurricane Katrina," said Cullen.

Several people at the ceremony pointed to increased insurance costs for the reason they haven't built back on the water in Hancock County.

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