Rising from Katrina: How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered

Rising from Katrina: How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered

by Kathleen Koch
     
 

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The 2005 Hurricane Season was the most devastating in history. People from the Bahamas to Mexico to Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida suffered a record fifteen hurricanes, four of which reached Category 5 strength.

Katrina was the costliest. Images from the Superdome and the rooftops of New Orleans are seared into the American consciousness.

But few realize

Overview

The 2005 Hurricane Season was the most devastating in history. People from the Bahamas to Mexico to Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida suffered a record fifteen hurricanes, four of which reached Category 5 strength.

Katrina was the costliest. Images from the Superdome and the rooftops of New Orleans are seared into the American consciousness.

But few realize the Mississippi Gulf Coast was where Katrina hit full force and where the destruction was worst. Entire towns were reduced to shoulder-high rubble by the winds and the unprecedented thirty-foot storm surge.

Bay St. Louis was the former home of CNN correspondent Kathleen Koch. From her initial Katrina assignment in Alabama, Koch headed west in the storm's aftermath. The closer she got to her community, the more personal the story became. She reported from the sites of once-beautiful homes-including her own-stripped to their concrete pads. Time and again, she heard residents' pleas to spread the word about the dire needs on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Rising from Katrina is a story of the Kindness of strangers, of minor miracles-and, above all, of how despite bureaucratic snarls and insurance battles a region rolled up its sleeves and rebuilt. It is also the story of a veteran reporter who, struggling to maintain her objectivity amid loss, traveled her own personal path from devastation to recovery.

Editorial Reviews

Brian Williams
"It’s a compelling story...The folks in Mississippi who have battled back from this storm deserve credit indeed, along with our continued attention."
Douglas Brinkley
"As a longtime Bay St. Louis citizen, one whose house along the Jordan River got washed away by The Beast, I read Kathleen Koch’s extraordinary Rising from Katrina with keen interest. A first-rate reporter, Koch got all the harrowing details exactly right: death-rattle winds, raging storm tide, flying metal debris, and the god-awful feeling of rank abandonment. An all-around excellent memoir of Mississippi—too often forgotten—during the deluge of 2005. Read it and weep."
Larry King
"A great new book..."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780895873842
Publisher:
Blair, John F. Publisher
Publication date:
07/15/2010
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
1,177,032
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Koch is an award-winning broadcast journalist and former CNN correspondent based in Washington, DC. Her two documentaries on Bay St. Louis s recovery received a New York Festivals Gold Medal. She also shared in the Peabody Award CNN won for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina. She lives in Clarksville, MD.

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