Waveland Drying Out From Gustav's Flood Waters

WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - The City of Waveland continues recovering from Hurricane Katrina, a city that was nearly wiped off the map. There were concerns when Hurricane Gustav approached the city Sunday night.

City officials told A.J. Giardina they survived, despite flood waters that swept through many areas of Waveland.

On Tuesday a major portion along Beach Drive in Waveland became a portion of the Gulf of Mexico as a 13 foot tidal surge moved a shore. Folks who built back high enough after Katrina were able to survive the flood waters.

But some Mississippi Cottages weren't so lucky. Those that were placed along waterways became flood victims. The flood waters knocked cottages off their foundations, siding was ripped away, door and windows were knocked out, and gaping holes were left behind.

Waveland Assistant Fire Chief Bill Smith said overall, the city fared well. Members from the Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks are assisting Waveland Police in paroling the city. They will be keeping an eye out for looters.

An estimated 85 percent of Waveland residents evacuated before Gustav and most of them are coming back to homes that received little damage. Even many of the flooded homes never lost power.

Waveland Assistant Fire Chief Bill Smith said power crews are on the job restoring power to those who did lose electricity.