Hurricane Katrina

Bayou View coming back slowly

GULFPORT - Like other communities in South Mississippi, Bayou View in Gulfport is slowly recovering from Hurricane Katrina.

Some houses in the middle-class subdivision look untouched by the monster storm, while others sit vacant with broken windows and debris scattered about the yard. The hardest-hit streets in Bayou View include Bayou Circle, Quincy and Kendall avenues, and Courthouse Road north of Pass Road.

Several homes on all three streets flooded when Bayou Bernard overflowed, forcing some residents to move out while they renovate.

Many residents, however, are living in their damaged homes during the renovations. These are the homes that have the increasingly popular PODS, portable storage units, in the driveway.

Dozens of homes have "For Sale" signs out front, an uncommon sight for the family-oriented community, residents said.

Greg Haney of Champions Real Estate said Bayou View is still a popular place to live. Situated between Pass Road and the Industrial District, the subdivision features large lots and spacious homes.

Haney said there are a couple of reasons several houses are for sale. He said early summer is a prime time to sell houses.

"There are some older folks there who have thought about moving," Haney said. "The storm made the decision come quicker."

Billy Bragg took advantage of Good Friday's pleasant weather to finish remodeling his 47th Street home. It wasn't floodwaters that damaged it, he said. Instead, Katrina destroyed his roof and caused rainwater to seep through light fixtures.

Bragg was among scores of residents who spent Easter weekend repairing their homes.

Paul Marshall of Missouri said he came to Mississippi at the request of friend Mike Burgess with B&R Contracting of Gulfport to help with repairs.

Marshall and his crew have worked on several houses in Bayou View and plan to stay to get people back in their homes.

The series

The Sun Herald this month continues its 30 Communities in 30 Days series, which looks at how area neighborhoods are recovering from Hurricane Katrina. We will update these stories every six months.

Rosalio S. Aguilar, left, and Evaristo Ismael Orozco repair the roof of a Bayou View home in Gulfport recently.

What Hurricane Katrina did

Scores of houses in Bayou View were damaged by floodwater, especially those on Bayou Circle, which received as much as 8 feet of water from Bayou Bernard. Many homes also had substantial roof damage.