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Eagle Point Residents Look Ahead

Before August 29th, Eagle Point was an area known for its beautiful views, easy access to water and family friendly atmosphere.

Since Katrina, it is perhaps best known as one of the Biloxi neighborhoods hardest hit by the storm.

"And as you can see, we're still cleaning up," said Eagle Point resident Alex Deeks, between shovels of debris, "There's a whole lot to go in this neighborhood. There's debris everywhere," he continued.

It's tough to tell much progress has been made at Eagle Point. But it has. Amid the concrete slabs, partially demolished houses and multiple FEMA trailers, residents are coming to grips with the tragedy and looking ahead.

"And you can look out the backyard. It's going to be a long haul before you start seeing new life out here with new homes," said Deeks.

It's tough to imagine those new homes, when Deeks faces the enormous mess nine feet of water left inside his Eagle Point home of nine years. It was especially tough for his wife and two young girls.

"My oldest one ran around the debris piles like it was a new neighborhood. But my youngest one, she grabbed me and there was look of horror in here eyes that she didn't understand," he explained.

William Knesal understood all too well. But that didn't make it any easier to accept when Katrina claimed all but a few brick pillars of the home he built nearly 30 years ago.

"It just, you couldn't imagine it ever getting that high. The highest water I'd ever gotten on my slab was like six inches," said Knesal.

He still enjoys his waterfront view, from a new travel trailer.

"I went up to Arkansas and bought that with a hot check. My bank was underwater. So, I gave them a hot check for 41 thousand dollars. They came and set it up for me," he jokingly explained.

Despite the devastation still very much evident, William Knesal shares the optimism of many about the future of this place.

He's certain it will rebuild and rebound.

By Steve Phillips

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