Letters to the Editor

Coast needs a storm barrier, so we can live in peace

Something no one wants to think about is what happened to all of us during Katrina.

Heavy damage for all was evident, but what about those affected by the storm surge? There was nothing left but concrete slabs.

Of the 250 upscale, waterfront and airport homes on the south side of Diamondhead, there were three left after the storm. Not one of those was waterfront. Nothing remained of all those beautiful, waterfront homes but bare slabs and pilings. That is, the remains were scattered throughout the woods, but St. Louis Bay and Biloxi Bay suffered identical damage.

We are living in fear of another storm surge like Katrina's. Until we address those fears, our recovery will be agonizingly slow.

In Diamondhead, only 50 have been built since the storm. How many will consider building with this kind of history?

And there have been 10 such storms in the last century.

The answer to this problem is to build a storm surge barrier across the mouth of St. Louis Bay and Biloxi Bay.

With antique technology, over 200 years of storm surge barriers have been built, but new concepts now make such a barrier inexpensive, environmentally friendly and reliable. We need that protection. With it, we become what our area deserves to be -- a wonderful, peaceful place to live.

Let your elected officials and congressmen know you want this idea studied with an email or phone call, which is all it takes to get the process rolling.