The Hurrricane section deals with two storms. Hurricane Camille which I photographed extensively in 1969, and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, where I was mainly concerned with repair or our own home. The black & white images are from Camille; the color are from Katrina.
Camille was my first hurricane, and I thought they were all like that. Safe to say they are not all like Camille was for Harrison County, Mississippi. and not at all like Katrina was for most of the Gulf Coast from Florica to Lousiana. I took over 2,000 photographs after Camille; every piece of property along the Harrison County beachfront from Ocean Springs Bridge to Pearlington, in Hancock County. The negatives are now donated to the University Of Southern Mississippi Library in Hattiesburg, MS.
The Katrina images show debris in our neighborhood from houses that were literally washed off their foundations and destroyed. Pieces of roofs, dormers, doors, etc. were a common sight with debris piled 10 feet or more to be cleared. Our home, built in 1919, is mainly lathe and plaster throughout (No Sheetrock), so the walls suffered minimal damage from flooding. We had 5 feet of water in the house and are 4 blocks inland. Cleanup was difficult, but thanks to friends and a great crew from Houston, we were back home by April 2006.