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In pictures: Town's long road to recovery

Waveland, on Mississippi's Gulf Coast, was not simply hit by Hurricane Katrina, it was flattened.

Waveland, on Mississippi's Gulf Coast, was not simply hit by Hurricane Katrina, it was flattened.

Winds and surging water cut a swathe through the town, obliterating buildings and leaving others perilously damaged.

Winds and surging water cut a swathe through the town, obliterating buildings and leaving others perilously damaged.

The Fuseliers lost everything, except their mail box. But they are staying on for now in a trailer.

Larry and Frances Fuselier lost everything, except their mail box. But they are staying on for now in a trailer.

This is all that remains of Larry and Frances's dream house. It was finished four weeks before Katrina and was uninsured. Most of their possessions have been scattered to the winds.

This is all that remains of Larry and Frances's dream house. It was finished four weeks before Katrina and was uninsured. Most of their possessions have been scattered to the winds.

Dozens of volunteers have moved to Waveland to help those remaining. Tina Camp's husband is rebuilding the rail bridge while she combs the beach.

Dozens of volunteers have moved to Waveland to help those remaining. Tina Camp's husband is rebuilding the rail bridge while she combs the beach.

The town church was destroyed - again. Hurricane Camille tore it down in 1969.

The town church was destroyed - again. Hurricane Camille tore it down in 1969.

Some of the locals complain that too much effort is going on infrastructure, rather than on helping homeowners.

Some of the locals complain that too much effort is going on infrastructure, rather than on helping homeowners.

Dan McManus is having trouble convincing his insurance company that his home was destroyed by winds, not water.

Dan McManus is having trouble convincing his insurance company that his home was destroyed by winds, not water.

He fears that he may end up with nothing, or face a court battle for money.

He fears that he may end up with nothing, or face a court battle for money.

Otis Causey is cutting up scrap metal to sell on. He found a coin in the ruins, a silver 20 Balboas piece from Panama.

Otis Causey is cutting up scrap metal to sell on. He found a coin in the ruins, a silver 20 Balboas piece from Panama.

All over Waveland, surreal images testify to the force of Katrina. Its remaining residents know that recovery will be a long and slow process.

All over Waveland, surreal images testify to the force of Katrina. Its remaining residents know that recovery will be a long and slow process.





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