Tuesday, September 27, 2005
"The mourning in Mississippi has begun in earnest. At the funeral homes that Hurricane Katrina did not destroy, there are waits up to four weeks to schedule services. Some families have chosen to skip the church eulogies and hold a simple graveside service. Cremation has become more popular.
As the detritus from the storm is cleared, the death toll could grow. The Army Corps of Engineers estimates that the hurricane left 18 million to 20 million cubic yards of debris in Mississippi alone, the equivalent of 200 football fields piled 50 feet high, and that it will take eight months to clear the roadways.
Coroners are hiring so-called spotters to check the landfills for signs of remains.
In Pass Christian, a stone plaque has been placed on the porch of what used to be the Harbour Oaks Inn. This inscription was on it:
Our hearts still ache in sadness,
and secret tears still flow.
What it meant to lose you,
no one will ever know."
From NYTimes: Portrait of Mississippi Victims
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