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Saturday, September 03, 2005

One of 2Daves from Diamondhead 

Dave Magee, part of the famous "Two Daves Pick the SEC" team, is a member of the Hancock County Sheriff's Department Auxiliary and sends: News coming from Hancock County, Mississippi is slow. Unfortunately, any news you get from the area is that Hurricane Katrina left her catastrophic footprint throughout much of Hancock County. The Diamondhead Community was not spared from the wrath of Hurricane Katrina. What once once a pleasant Yacht Club and community overlooking he Saint Louis Bay is gone. No homes remain in the area. The Diamondhead Yacht Club was gutted and only the roof remains. Piers that homes were once built on, 10 feet or higher, are all that is left. Debris litters the area all the way to I-10. Catastrophic really is not a strong enough word to describe what remains South of I-10. Governor Haley Barbour stated that many areas of the Mississippi Gulf Coast looked like Hiroshima. That assessment is extremely accurate. North of I-10, the news is better. A large part of Diamondhead was spared from the massive storm surge from Katrina. Areas near the Jourdan River were not so fortunate. Near the intersection of Mahalo Hui Drive and Diamondhead Drive, water rose to a level of about five feet. Some homes on Kome Drive had water up to the roof. Others had flooding of three to five feet. While I was unable to view the Devil's Elbow area and the Bayou Drive area, seeing what Katrina did this far away from the Jourdan River convinces me that severe flooding occoured in those areas. There are numerous trees, utility poles, and power lines down. Navigating Golf Club Drive found many areas limited to one lane for traffic to flow. The sound of generators could be randomly heard as you drove through the community. The roof of the Diamondhead Country Club has a moderate amount of damage with some sections torn off. Several homes throughout Diamonhead have roof damage that varies from shingles missing to major structural failures. Power will certainly be one or two weeks before it can be restored, perhaps longer in some areas. The water and sewer systems are not operational, and may not be for some time. I witnessed Hancock County Sheriff's deputys, Alabama State Troopers, Military Police, and even an FBI agent patroling Diamondhead streets. They are checking each person that enters Diamondhead to verify the have a legitimate need to be in the area. Having spent a few hours viewing what I could, the suggestions by officials to not return to the area is sound advice. The heat is high, there is no electricity, and the stench near flooded areas is nearly unbearable. There is good news to be heard from Diamondhead - the geese and ducks were conducting their normal daily business near the entrance to Diamondhead. That served as one small glimmer of light in a community that has suffered at the hands of Hurricane Katrina. Thanks for the news from out there.

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