A Frazzled Search for Shelter and Loved Ones

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Two brothers look through debris as they help friends in Biloxi, Miss.

Two brothers look through debris as they help friends in Biloxi, Miss., find salvagable belongings. Reuters hide caption

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The coastal community of Waveland, Miss., a town of 10,000, lost nearly all its infrastructure when Hurricane Katrina hit. Relief workers are calling the town "Mississippi's Ground Zero."

While much of the focus has been on New Orleans, dozens of small communities along the Gulf Coast — like Bay Saint Louis and Waveland — were flattened by the hurricane and have gotten less attention.

Many along the coast are coping with the idea of rebuilding and starting over, even as they comb survivor centers, searching for friends and loved ones.



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