Hurricane Katrina

Homes slowly rising in D'Iberville

D'IBERVILLE - Homes are selling before they're completed in southwest D'Iberville.

On a recent tour, city building official Wallace Freeman pointed out new homes in Cottage Court subdivision, where a group of residents relocated together. They moved from the old part of the city, east of Interstate 10, where their homes were flooded.

"Everybody's family over here," Freeman said.

In old D'Iberville east of Interstate 10, a few houses have been raised on stilts, but many lots subjected to the worst of Katrina's tidal surge remain empty, which is also the case west of Interstate 10 near Back Bay, where property sits waiting for a casino development.

Residents have either repaired their homes or are living in FEMA trailers on their property in the Forest Cove subdivision, where Freeman said about half the 400 homes flooded.

The city also is back at work on a drainage project Hurricane Katrina sidetracked along Evergreen, a road that lacks subsurface drainage. The city explained to residents that the road would have to be dug up and replaced after the drainage was installed.

A section of Evergreen had been dug up before the storm hit, and there it sat.

Residents "have been very understanding that the storm set us off course," said City Manager Richard Rose. Work on the drainage project recently started again.

Closer to the western waterfront along Locust Drive and Goodman Road, FEMA trailers have cropped up. But the population along Locust Drive, which overlooks a marsh, has dwindled. City water was hooked up to 13 lots in early April, compared to 27 before the storm.

On Goodman Road, which sits between the marsh and Back Bay, only four accounts were active, three of them for FEMA trailers.

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.

Alice Bawcum works on her mother's laundry from a shed put together on the site of her Goodman Road home. The D'Iberville resident lost her home to Hurricane Katrina.

UPS driver Chris Cole delivers a package containing a new swimsuit for 90-year-old Mary Alice Blessey Bradley of Goodman Road in D'Iberville recently. Bradley lost her home of 38 years to Hurricane Katrina.



Katrina did

The Forest Cove subdivision is located in southwest D'Iberville. Just below the subdivision, Biloxi's Back Bay swamped Goodman Road and Locust Drive with 25 to 30 feet of water, leaving only slabs in many cases. Many homes in Forest Cove were flooded and had roofs torn off.