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Gulfport's Second Street Pulling Together

A Gulfport street devastated by Katrina is showing resilience. Shortly after Katrina, Second Street was one of the first areas Vice President Dick Cheney toured to get an idea of what the devastation was like in Mississippi. That area of Gulfport has come a long way since then.

Danielle Thomas talked to a man whose family has lived on Second Street for nearly 70 years about why he and so many of his neighbors decided to rebuild.

Connor Lowery said he never considered calling "home" anywhere but the house his parents bought it back in 1939. Even after Katrina left several feet of water in it.

"I was going to either tear it down or start all over and remodel," said Lowery.

Lowery looks forward to moving back into his Second Street house as soon as crews finish repairs. He says many of his neighbors are committed to reviving Second Street and to helping one another.

"It's just the people," he said. "Everybody knows each other and looks out for each other. It's all close nit, we kind of support each other. We're checking to see how the houses are coming and all that type of stuff."

While there is still much to be done, Lowery says things are getting better every day.

"I usually walk down to about Hewes Avenue every day or about three or times a week and you can see the progress from day to day. Some of them are just starting on their houses. Some of them are close to finishing."

"One thing I think is people want to come back. Most of the people that lived on Second Street I think want to come back to Second Street again."

Lowery says it will take time, but he believes, eventually, most of his neighbors will return to their Second Street homes. 

On Wednesday, we counted about 30 houses either under construction or being repaired, and that doesn't include homes that are already being lived in.

by Danielle Thomas

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