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密西西比海岸城市重建

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小编摘要:2005年8月29日美国东南部墨西哥湾沿海数州居民遭受特大飓风袭击:时速高达233公里的“卡特里娜”飓风势如破竹,引发狂风暴雨和洪水泛滥,数百人伤亡和失踪,百万人流离失所。美国遭受了半个世纪来最严重的自然灾难。

 

 Mississippi Coast Still Rebuilding 6 Years After Katrina

卡列琳娜6年后密西西比海岸城市仍在重建


A newly-built Southern mansion with tall white columns and a big porch overlooking the Gulf of Mexico is a sign Biloxi is rebuilding. It's the city’s new Visitors Center, which attracts local residents as well as tourists. Inside, a video tells of the hurricane that changed everything.

美国旅游胜地比洛克希正在重建一栋大厦,该大厦名叫Southern,有着高高的白色圆柱,还有一个大走廊,在那里可以俯瞰这个墨西哥湾.这是该市新的旅客中心,在这里吸引了许多的游客,当然还有当地居民.在大厦里面,播放着一部视频,讲述着飓风卡列琳娜带给这个地方的种种.

Slow comeback

Rebuilding is a slow and expensive process for a city built on tourism and the seafood industry.

Mississippi’s other coastal cities faced the same challenge. The federal government provided $25 billion for the massive effort.

The newly built Biloxi Visitors Center overlooks the Gulf of Mexico.

Gov. Haley Barbour said the initial focus was getting coastal residents back into their homes. “About $4 billion has been dedicated to housing. We will, when we’re through, have either rebuilt or built or repaired more than 50,000 units of housing on the coast.”

Reviving the waterfront

Another major project, using federal money, is the $570 million renovation of the state port facility in Gulfport. Gov. Barbour said elevating the port and its container terminals to seven and a half meters, or 25-feet above sea level will protect not just the shippers, but the community.

"Twenty-five feet almost assures there’ll never be another storm surge that comes through here and sweeps all these containers that go into North Gulfport, West Gulfport and even into Long Beach and run over churches and houses and cars and land as far as eight miles away.“

Just east of that construction, the city of Gulfport is rebuilding its harbor for recreational boats. Mayor George Schloegel promises the revived waterfront will be even better than before Katrina.

This slab foundation, remaining from a house destroyed by Katrina, is one of many still found along the coast.

 "The recovery process has been very difficult. We stripped the entire harbor, went back to basics, every single piling was pulled out. We went to the basic structure and have built again, right from the ground. And we think we have built something that will be resistant to future storms. Not going to say storm-proof, but resistant.”

While cities can’t just move out of harm’s way, people can and many did relocate. Barb Corry moved to Biloxi a few months before Katrina struck to be near her son, who’s in the Air Force. Even though her house withstood the storm, Corry moved 160 kilometers north, saying she couldn’t face living through another hurricane. 

"It was just disaster, trees all over. It was just like a bomb had went off. Most of the homes in our area, were just nothing left, just slabs, all the whole area was nothing but slabs, it was just sad.”

Staying on

But many on the Mississippi Gulf Coast won’t consider moving.

Cheryl Kring has lived most of her life one block from the beach in Waveland, about an hour east of New Orleans. She was a child in 1969 when her family home was destroyed by Hurricane Camille. 

Cheryl Kring's rebuilt home in Waveland, Mississippi is one block from the beach. The elevated house is typical of the new landscape along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Then she and her husband lost their home to Hurricane Katrina. Now Kring is back on the same property, in a picture-perfect cottage.

"When it comes again - it’s gonna come again - and I’m gonna grab what I can grab and get out of here. And I will rebuild right back here again.”

Hurricane Katrina wiped out nearly all of Waveland. Half of the 8,000 residents left and never came back. But even two Category 5 hurricanes cannot destroy the connection Kring has to her piece of land.

"No matter what, I’m still coming back. No matter what, I will be on this corner. So it doesn’t matter. I love Waveland. I love the area that we’re in. It’s home. You can’t leave home.”

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