"If we don't get those people back out and get those homes and those businesses back up and operating, we're gonna be in serious trouble and we can't take that," said city manager Richard Rose.
That's why the D'Iberville City Council held a special meeting Thursday afternoon to discuss the best ways to get the city back on track.
They say the first step was to accept various requests for proposals, in order to re-install basic necessities.
And in moving forward, the council discussed how the elevation of homes and businesses may be affected in the future for the safety of D'Iberville residents.
By next Friday, FEMA should have its elevation recommendations, and the city hopes people will wait to build or rebuild after those recommendations are known.
But despite the destruction of D'Iberville, city leaders believe it will rise stronger than ever before.
"I'm very optimistic that we're gonna move forward and a year from now, we're gonna be better than we are today. There's no doubt in my mind we're gonna move forward and we're gonna have a better city," said Rose.
The overall damage assessment for the city including debris cleanup is an estimated $13 million.