Like a Great Phoenix: "Many consider Pearlington to be the epicenter of Katrina’s destruction in Mississippi. The town was ripped apart by the ravages of the hurricane, flooding and some 37 tornadoes spawned devastating storm.
It seems the hardest hit by disasters are often those who can afford it the least. The town of Pearlington is no exception. The only building considered structurally sound in town was the Charles Murphy Elementary School [where we are staying]. It was here that its citizens converged to regroup and begin to put back the pieces of their shattered community."
Today the town has about 1000 residents or about 60% of the pre Katrina inhabitants.
Thanks to Emily for finding this!