It's been nine years since Hurricane Katrina roared ashore on the Mississippi and Louisiana coastlines. I was covering the hurricane for The Weather Channel when it made landfall. We made our way to downtown Gulfport, MS and stayed there for three days covering aftermath. As soon as I was finished helping The Weather Channel, National Geographic asked me to shoot for them for another week.
By the time I completed that assignment, I knew many of the Emergency Management officials in Gulfport and they offered the chance to ride along with a survey team which would fly from Biloxi to Waveland, MS to look at beach erosion along the coast. I gladly accepted the offer.
The video below is a part of that flight - starting out at Biloxi and ending just past downtown Gulfport. I omitted the audio since the only noise was that of the helicopter rotors. Everyone else was wearing headsets!
Watching this video nine years later bring back a lot of not so good memories of the destruction, loss of life and heart wrenching emotion I witnessed as residents returned to find their homes gone - sometimes wiped clean to the concrete foundation.
After watching the video, please remember that when an evacuation is ordered, there's a reason for it. It's better to be safe than lose your loved ones over the inconvenience the evacuation may cause.
Fortunately, we haven't had a storm like Katrina in the past few years - and here's hoping it stays that way the remainder of this hurricane season.