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Henderson Point Debris Like A Scene Out Of The Twilight Zone

Hanlon Roux owns property amid Hurricane Katrina's debris field. When asked what he sees when he looks around Henderson Point, Roux said, "Total devastation."

Unlike neighboring Pass Christian, where several homeowners have started the rebuilding process, unincorporated Henderson Point is eerily still.

"It's definitely quiet," the volunteer fireman said. "There's not very many birds or wildlife. It's like the Twilight Zone."

And Henderson Point is stuck in a time warp.

"I see nothing left. Forty years of history completely gone," Roux said.

Most homes on most streets in his neighborhood look just like they did after Katrina flattened them. According to Roux, "It's a day by day struggle to try to deal with it."

Many Henderson Point homeowners haven't had the heart or the desire to see the destruction.

"There's nothing left. So they have nothing really to come back to," Roux said.

Which may explain why he doesn't hear many bulldozers, chainsaws or hammers echoing through Henderson Point's battered pine trees.

"It is a daily battle. It's depression. It's a struggle," he explained. "But it's the strength that keeps this place alive for the history of where we come from."

Roux's history in Henderson Point is tied to his late father Gerald -- a man who fought so hard to protect this tiny, unincorporated community from unwanted intruders. The younger Roux knows nobody could stop Katrina. He also realizes it's time for Henderson Point to get on the road to recovery.

"The best way to deal with it is to put the past behind and start with a new future and begin to see Henderson Point rebuild and regrow hopefully," Roux said.

According to county officials, just 23 of Henderson Point's 470 homes stood up to Hurricane Katrina's onslaught.

by Brad Kessie

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