As I said in the last post, I spent the night at my family's new place on the Sandy Bay in Bayou La Batre. Here are some pics, as promised:
Even though it has been three and a half years, there is still so much evidence of Hurricane Katrina...like this debris still caught in a tree in front of the house. It is most likely from the old pier that was washed away, and only a drop in the bucket of proof that the storm surge was two stories high in this area.
Here is a pier on the bay, still broken and left behind by the neighbors that chose not to rebuild it after losing so much in the storm.
While walking on the lot where my family's home once stood, I looked down to find that broken glass was still scattered all over the property. We believe the windows blew out, resulting in hurricane-force pressure to enter the house in all directions, causing it to implode. It was carried out to sea by the flood waters.
It's still sad to look at the concrete slab and broken pilings.
But look at their beautiful new home on the property. They moved in just a few months ago. It's my aunt's dream home...she designed it herself.
People ask why on earth they would rebuild on the water, considering what they lost. But after looking at this view...
They say, "Why not?"
May they have many happy years in their new home. It is a peaceful place, and they deserve it.