Long Beach in Harrison County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Hurricane Katrina / Storm Recovery
Considered one of the three most intense hurricanes to hit the United States. On Sunday, August 29, 2005, the Category 3 storm nearly devastated the City of Long Beach. Storm surge exceeded 28 feet. Six lives lost and 60 businesses in commercial district destroyed or closed in aftermath. 715 single-family homes demolished. Entire neighborhoods south of CSX Railroad tracks completely leveled. Long Beach harbor sustained major damage. 12 municipal buildings destroyed or heavily damaged Harper McCaughan Elementary School on Jeff Davis Avenue damaged beyond repair. Total of 4,745 properties damaged in excess of $364.9 million.
After being battered by wind, rain, and storm surge, Long Beach and its residents almost immediately began to receive help from volunteers. Churches, civic clubs, college groups, charitable organizations, and Individuals from across America formed clean-up teams, chain-saw teams, and home repair teams to assist residents. Distribution centers for water and hot meals and first-aid emergency medical centers, manned by volunteers, were opened across the city. Federal and State personnel provided planning consultants and authorized grants to help rebuild central business district, construct new municipal buildings,
Erected 2015 by Long Beach Historical Society and Butch Oustalet Autoplex.
Location. 30° 20.944′ N, 89° 9.021′ W. Marker is in Long Beach, Mississippi, in Harrison County. Marker is on Jeff Davis Avenue north of East 3rd Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located near the Long Beach City Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 209 Jeff Davis Avenue, Long Beach MS 39560, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City of Long Beach Centennial 1905-2005 (within shouting distance of this marker); Long Beach Schools (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Bank and Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Long Beach Presbyterian Church (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Long Beach World War II Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); War Memorial Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Long Beach (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Long Beach.
Also see . . . Weather Underground 16 part series about Hurricane Katrina and Long Beach. (Submitted on August 24, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Disasters • Education • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 24, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 37 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 24, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.