MSNBC’s David Shuster blogs…
What makes this so sad is that one of the poorest parts of Biloxi got hit the hardest. It’s a neighborhood known as the Point. Every home in this neighborhood was totally destroyed. If you look around, it’s total devastation.
Ironically, where I’m standing now, is the parking lot of what used to be the Salvation Army. In fact, a brown building, the main center, is the only thing left standing on the lot. There may have been a house nearby. But the biggest change is that the Grand Casino was a half-mile away, pointed in the other direction. You couldn’t see it from here. But the storm surge lifted it up and brought it across the highway and dropped it here. The landscape has totally changed.
We’ve also heard a number of stories of people who couldn’t afford to leave. This is an impoverished area, people get their check on the 1st and the 3rd week of the month. With the hurricane striking when it did, people were already out of money and couldn’t spare the $30 or $40 to fill up their cars with gas and get out of here. There are lot of fatalities of the people who tried to ride it out and use their money to buy batteries.
Outside of this particular neighborhood, people in other areas that still have roofs over their head, seemed to be at the local Biloxi Walmart today. The line stretched from the front to the side and all the way to the back, people waiting to try and buy bare necessities.
Now, a couple days after the hurricane hit, people are running out of supplies. The good news is that supplies are on the way. Unlike, New Orleans, the situation here seems settled, trucks are able to get in with supplies.
The big problem now is that they don’t know where some bodies are because there is so much debris and so little indication of who stayed. They don’t know where to begin to look for people. They do have cadaver dogs out to help. But it’s a grim situation here tonight.