Properties Lost to Katrina Receive Markers
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) – Twenty-nine Mississippi properties lost to Hurricane Katrina are being immortalized with cast aluminum markers.
Officials say many properties with unique architectural features fall victim to debris-removal projects after a storm.
Kenneth P’Pool, deputy state historic preservation officer, tells The Sun Herald that during Katrina cleanup, there was little time to follow the steps required by a National Historic Preservation Act, to document or preserve damaged buildings with unique features.
P’Pool says a new program surveyed historic districts, properties and archaeological sites in the six counties most affected by Katrina and created a database that will help emergency-management officials in future disasters.
Officials say one of the buildings being remembered with a marker is the wooden Church of the Redeemer in Biloxi.