Hancock County

False: Facebook photo claims to be Katrina surge crashing into St. Stanislaus

COURTESY SNOPES.COM 
 A photo circulating on Facebook claiming to be Hurricane Katrina storm surge crashing into St. Stanislaus is actually a levee breach in New Orleans.
COURTESY SNOPES.COM A photo circulating on Facebook claiming to be Hurricane Katrina storm surge crashing into St. Stanislaus is actually a levee breach in New Orleans.

BAY ST. LOUIS -- A photo posted to Facebook in 2012 claiming to show storm surge crashing into Old Town Bay St. Louis during the height of Hurricane Katrina began recirculating among Hancock County residents Wednesday.

The public post, created May 2, 2012, by Gil Culkin, said the photos was taken from the third-story balcony of St. Stanislaus College on the morning of August 29, 2005.

Spoiler alert: The post is very inaccurate.

"It is believed to be the first tidal wave surge from Hurricane Katrina and is estimated at 35 to 40 feet high that hit the cities of Bay Saint Louis and Waveland, completely destroying 99% of every structure along the beach for 9 miles and over a mile inland!!" it says.

The photo, which shows waves crashing into trees, flooding a road and downing power lines, has been shared more than 1,600 times.

According to the rumor-debunking website Snopes.com, the photo was taken in the New Orleans area, near the Michoud power plant.

According to Snopes, "The image is one of a series captured by Don McClosky, manager of Entergy's Michoud power plant in New Orleans. Mr. McClosky rode out the storm at the power plant, from which he snapped pictures like the one displayed above."

According to Snopes, the photo is likely of a levee breach rather than storm surge coming ashore.

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