Driving west from New Orleans along the water’s edge toward Mobile, Alabama, one sees that the boulevard stretching along the Mississippi coastline now has flora and fauna, but piers are ruined and homes are missing.
The Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi has been coping with its own losses for two years and has struggled to address the spiritual, emotional and physical deficits of the coast area pummeled by Hurricane Katrina, according to Episcopal News Service.
“Residents are still numb from the catastrophic forces which turned their world upside down on August 29, 2005,” said David Johnson, Episcopal canon in Mississippi. “The work to recover will be at least a decade in being accomplished. For many, the magnitude and long-term impact is just now setting in.”