Bay Saint Louis,
These pilings are the remains of a popular Bay Saint Louis restaurant, Dock
of the Bay. The restaurant was located between Beach Blvd. and the Gulf of
Mexico. The storm surge came under the building and destroyed it.
The main CSX rail line between New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama, ran through
Bay Saint Louis, crossed the bay on this bridge, then went to Gulfport and
Biloxi, then on to Mobile. The bridge is completely gone.
Looking from Beach Blvd down Demontluzin Avenue, Bay Saint Louis. The
street was covered with 2-3 feet of sand. Houses that faced the beach were
demolished -- the debris you see down the street is the remains of beachfront
houses. The houses still standing will be bulldozed as they were under
water and are filled with mud, muck, sand, debris, and mold. The rubble in
the foreground is the remains of Beach Blvd.
At the corner of Beach Blvd. and Demontluzin Avenue was a historic,
three-story frame building that was operated as a bed and breakfast -- very
popular place. It was completely destroyed by Katrina's storm surge.
No trace of the building remains; a couple of air conditioning units were still
anchored to their concrete slabs. Eight people were in the B&B when the
storm hit -- including an 80-year-old couple and their dog, and, an Air Force
pilot who had just flown a hurricane-hunter mission into the eye of Katrina.
When the building was swept away, all eight managed to escape and cling to trees
behind the building for several hours until the storm abated -- everyone
survived, including the dog.