Jackson Co. bounces back from Hurricane Katrina's destruction - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Jackson Co. bounces back from Hurricane Katrina's destruction

By Patrice Clark – bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY,MS (WLOX) – Jackson County is steadily getting back on its feet after being knocked down by one of the worst storms in the United States history five years ago. Hurricane Katrina's devastation motivated the county and citizens to build back safer, smarter and stronger.                

Hurricane Katrina's powerful punch damaged and destroyed 12,000 homes. Pat and Bill Decher's house was among the 12,000 homes both damaged and destroyed in Jackson County.

"You are in essence homeless," Bill Descher said. 

Five years later, the couple is back home with a new house and new outlook on life.

"You no longer worry about material things in life and so on. You just appreciate having a place where it is a home," Bill Descher said.

It is also back to business for several retail shops and restaurants. In fact, more than 10,000 housing and building permits have been issued post Katrina in Jackson County.

"We had to get back open as soon as possible to try to put some normalcy and of course to get some income too," Richard Chenoweth said. 

Chenoweth owns Scranton's restaurant, and he has vivid memories of what Katrina's wind and water did to his place. 

"When the water started coming I was watching the dumpster floating up the street here and water was up to here," Chenoweth said.  

Jackson County leaders have been successful in getting governmental buildings back up and running.  They cut the ribbon on a $4.5 million Health Department that has a tornado shelter in the back. Another $4 million was spent to remodel both the Sheriff's Office and the courthouse. A new $14 million County Services complex is also in the works in downtown Pascagoula.

The county is also investing in more storm protection. In May, the county opened a $1.5 million dollar evacuation shelter in the Fontainebleau Community. Three other shelters will soon go up in Jackson County.

"These things are 10,000 square foot facilities that FEMA is building for us. They will house four to 500 people each," Supervisor John McKay said. 

 Leaders and citizens said they are proud that great strides are being made in restoring what Katrina messed up and they hope the work continues. 

Copyright 2010 WLOX. All rights reserved

 

  • South Carolina news on WIStv.comNEWSMore>>

  • Conservative theologians accuse pope of spreading heresy

    Conservative theologians accuse pope of spreading heresy

    Saturday, September 23 2017 5:57 PM EDT2017-09-23 21:57:05 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 11:18 PM EDT2017-09-24 03:18:06 GMT
    Pope Francis waves during his general audience a the Vatican Sept. 20..Dozens of theologians, priests and academics accuse him of spreading heresy with his 2016 opening to divorced and civilly married Catholics. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)Pope Francis waves during his general audience a the Vatican Sept. 20..Dozens of theologians, priests and academics accuse him of spreading heresy with his 2016 opening to divorced and civilly married Catholics. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

    Several dozen tradition-minded Roman Catholic theologians, priests and academics have formally accused Pope Francis of spreading heresy with his 2016 opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics.

    More >>

    Several dozen tradition-minded Roman Catholic theologians, priests and academics have formally accused Pope Francis of spreading heresy with his 2016 opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics.

    More >>
  • New earthquake, magnitude 6.1, shakes jittery Mexico

    New earthquake, magnitude 6.1, shakes jittery Mexico

    Saturday, September 23 2017 12:36 AM EDT2017-09-23 04:36:18 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 11:17 PM EDT2017-09-24 03:17:59 GMT

    In the stylish Condesa neighborhood young revelers typically spill out from dimly lit bars and restaurants on a Friday night. But the first weekend since the 7.1-magnitude earthquake toppled buildings just blocks away began on a somber note.

    More >>

    In the stylish Condesa neighborhood young revelers typically spill out from dimly lit bars and restaurants on a Friday night. But the first weekend since the 7.1-magnitude earthquake toppled buildings just blocks away began on a somber note.

    More >>
  • South Korea says natural North Korea earthquake detected

    South Korea says natural North Korea earthquake detected

    Saturday, September 23 2017 5:56 AM EDT2017-09-23 09:56:13 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 11:17 PM EDT2017-09-24 03:17:32 GMT

    South Korea's weather agency says a magnitude 3.0 earthquake was detected in North Korea around where the country recently conducted a nuclear test, but it assessed the quake as natural.

    More >>

    South Korea's weather agency says a magnitude 3.0 earthquake was detected in North Korea around where the country recently conducted a nuclear test, but it assessed the quake as natural.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly