Once we crossed the border into Mississippi I noticed much more reconstruction completed.
Bear in mind as you look at these images that they were all drive-by shots. All the homes are on the left of Hwy 90 so it was easy to snap shots out the window. On the passenger side is a thin strand of land and then the beach and gulf waters. Notice the car behind me in the rear view mirror. There was never any place to pull over but fortunately the speed limit was 25 mph. Traffic was very light and most of the time I was driving along well under 25. Mississippi has only 75 miles of coast so it was a great way to spend the day.
So you can see these house are up there. No problem with any tidal surge as it can freely flow under. I'd get tired climbing stairs all the time. Imagine packing your groceries upstairs all the time.
This house I think would do real well with high hurricane winds being round like that.
It was the only one I saw that was round. I am wondering if the cement pillars in front may be for a yet to be built wall for wave protection during a tidal surge.
I like the veranda on this home.
I have no idea as to the purpose of this structure. If that is a home it is strange design.
This one appears even higher than the others but it may be an illusion. As I was driving I would watch the elevation change on my GPS and much of the time it registered below sea level. At one point it was approaching the minus 50 foot mark when right then there was a home much like this one. I couldn't get a picture of it but this house was right after. Now those pilings are not 50 feet tall; more like 2 stories high or 20 feet. Something isn't right here. Maybe my GPS was off. Notice the 25 mph sign. I liked that.
Construction stopped here for some reason. Yes, that is a swimming pool on the left.
Further down the highway as we neared Biloxi the homes were grander and not as elevated.
At the time I thought this was a cool idea of glassing in the entire bottom elevated space but upon closer inspection of the photo later it may be just normal living space.
Many of the homes and vacant lots had For Sale signs and I just assumed the people had had enough and wanted to move away from hurricane prone areas.
That afternoon when we camped I was talking with the two ranger ladies and asked them about all the new construction I'd been seeing, many with For Sale signs. I learned that after hurricane Katrina came through the insurance companies jacked up the insurance premiums through the stratosphere. Many people cannot pay the high rate or simply refuse to do so saying it isn't worth it. Also a new building code requires all new construction to be on high pilings which is another added cost. All the new construction is payoff from the insurance companies so you have to rebuild whether you want to or not, I'm not sure. I guess you just can't take the money and run.
One of the rangers said that she would evacuate for every hurricane warning that was issued and nothing ever happened. It got to be such a bother that she ignored the one for Katrina right up to Sunday then decided they had better go. It hit Monday. I asked “Where do people go?” They go inland and rent a hotel room or stay with family. She had family over in Texas and would go there. She also told me how their one neighbor couple was like them, getting frustrated with all the false alarms. The man decided to stay at the house while he sent his wife away for Katrina. “Never again!” He said it was so terrifying that he would never ever stay back with his home again during a hurricane.
The women told me that a lot of the people who died during hurricane Katrina were elderly people who refused to leave their pets behind. "Their pets are like their children to them." There was no place they could go where they could take their pet with them. Since then changes have been made to provide boarding for pets plus regulations established where motels and hotels cannot refuse evacuation victims if they have a pet with them.