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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Waveland update 

Doc Toups, the owner and publisher of the Hancock Reporter, a monthly business magazine, just came by our offices. We will have powerful streaming audio of his eyewitness accounting of what he's seeing over there, stuff he's collecting as he continues to look for family members and deal with the complete gutting of his life. Some important bullet points: -- Hancock County officials, while respectful of MEMA/FEMA efforts, are begging for private organizations to help. They don't want you coming down in a 1965 Buick with three bald tires, but desperately need self-sufficient organizations who won't become a burden to come down and bring food, water, fuel, diapers, bedding, tarpolines, toiletries and the like. Don't add to the problem by getting stranded and becoming homeless, but help if you can. -- Contrary to reports, it is possible to get into the county. It's as simple as going down Highway 603 to US 90 and hanging a right or left. Toups got down there by coming Hwy 13 and 11. -- As reported before, Waveland is devastated. The only thing left on Coleman Avenue is the 1969 Camille memorial plaque and the flagpole. The city hall is gone. Haggard Waveland mayor Tommy Luongo's office is now on the second floor of the waste management building. -- Waveland police have no communications. They are in desperate need of walkie-talkies and the like. If a law enforcement agency can help them, they are begging for it. -- A ranking Hancock County emergency official said: "Supplies are needed. Even though some are coming, it's not enough." Three recordings of the powerful interview will be posted at SunHerald.com soon.

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