As you can see from the photos above & below, Katrina changed Dauphin Island forever and left it with a 1.2 mile wide cut through the west end that now has a five foot channel.
Saturday, I visited the west end with my friend and professional land surveyor,Greg Spies. It was a powerful experience to stand where every stick of lumber on each of over 180 homes was completely wiped off the face of the Earth and as many as 600 others homes damaged,some to the point of condemnation.
Every day will bring change.
If ever in your life you ever tried to live from day to day, DO IT NOW!
Katrina has changed us forever and all progress from now on should be recognized each and every day.
My friend Greg Spies took time to record some of his memories of Katrina for "TURNING POINTS", the newsletter of the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors http://aspls.org/
I heard these stories back in the middle of October and I am happy that Greg shared them with us this week.
In fact, back in the middle of October, my son, Christopher, & I were the first ones to take Greg's newly recovered 1977 14 ft. STAUTER
out on Portersville Bay over to Isle Aux Herbes (Coffee Island) and Pointe Aux Pines (Point of Pines) http://www.dcnr.state.al.us/public-lands/stateLands/foreverWild/FWTracts/Grand%20Bay%20Savanna%20Addition/
, then up to see the crowded harbor of Bayou La Batre, and finally past Coden Bayou along the loop over to Fowl River.
December 17, last Saturday night, I had the opportunity to help cook a pretty good meal in Greg and Collette's FEMA trailer there at the foot of the bridge in Coden. The po' little gas stove can barely get hot enough to cook french fries in a skillet. We boiled the shrimp on a fish cooker[They're catching 9 and 12 count head-on @ $4 a pound this week] and grilled the red snapper in an open smoker.
I am really gonna enjoy putting Greg's Katrina stories out on the Web!2515 BIENVILLE
[suddenly at 10:51 P.M., I realized I could never type Greg's entire article because the S.O.B. is so busy he can't shoot it to me in Word but I decided i could type the first part.]
While surveying Lots 7-10 in Rolston's Addition to Coden (circa 1910) a few weeks after Katrina, I was carefully avoiding stepping on upturned nails in a debris field of shattered houses strewn in the woods just north of Portersville Bay. Incidently, this subdivision is located about 0.7 mile from my house on Bayou Coden.
I noticed a 1 X 10 board that had been painted white about three feet long covered with sea weed and marsh grass. I flipped the board over with my boot and scraped off the flotsam. Routed into the other side was the number 2515. Obviously someone in the past had taken the old board and made it into an address sign. I flipped it back over and proceded in search of lot corners. As I stumbled through the debris field, the number 2515 stuck in my mind. 2515?
All the roads and streets in Coden were 12000 this and 8700 that. There were no addresses with a 2000 number that I could recall. Then it dawned on me. 2515 Bienville Blvd. on the West end of Dauphin Island- last fall I had surveyed a lot just to the west of 2515 Bienville.
The debris field took on a new character.
The beach house that had been on Dauphin Island was scattered through the woods in Coden. I picked up a photograph lying amidst the broken joists and trusses. A Father and two sons were proudly holding up the catch of the day.
I later calculated how far the broken beach house had traveled with Katrina's wind and surge. 2515 Bienville had made it 9.3 miles across the Mississippi Sound on a heading of N 24 degrees W before disintegrating into Rolston's Addition to Coden.
GREG SPIESA new city is emerging along the I-12 corridor between Slidell and Covington. Pay attention to this development. I predict that the building of this new city north of Lake Ponchartrain is far more important than anything anyone will ever accomplish in the sad ruins of old New Orleans.Sales tax collections soar in St. Tammanyhttp://www.wwltv.com/local/northshore/stories/WWL120905reloc.11b8e36c.html
Influx of new residents, delayed collections cited
03:41 PM CST on Friday, December 9, 2005
The relocation of many New Orleans, St. Bernard and Plaquemines residents to the Northshore has provided a windfall in sales tax collections for St. Tammany Parish.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said tax collections in Slidell were up nearly 50 percent in October over the same month a year ago. Mandeville’s take increased 47.66 percent and Covington’s was up 53.86 percent.
Areas of unincorporated St. Tammany had sales tax collections soar 80.59 percent.
Officials said that in addition to the increased population, some of the increase was due to delayed sales tax collections in August and September.
“With the influx of new residents in our area, we fully expect to see slight increases in tax revenues that will be the foundation for a better, brighter St. Tammany Parish,” said Sheriff Jack Strain.Lawmaker says Louisiana changed forever
Southeast and Southwest Louisiana are changed forever due to the devastation brought about by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, state Sen. Ben Nevers of Bogalusa said Wednesday.
Some areas of the state have been thrust forward 10 years
into the future in terms of population growth, economic opportunity and stress on local infrastructure.For example, the population of St. Tammany Parish increased by more than 100,000 people in just a few weeks, he said.
The population of Tangipahoa Parish has grown considerably. Some of that increased population will be retained by both parishes and will create the requirement for infrastructure that may not have been needed for another five to 10 years.
Other areas have been thrust backwards, maybe not just a decade or so, but possibly forever. Cameron and St. Bernard parishes were devastated, he said.