August 25th, 2010
09:47 AM ET

In Katrina's shadow, memories of a 'perfect' neighborhood live on

Christina Zdanowicz and Katie Hawkins-Gaar

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Waveland, Mississippi (CNN) - With Hurricane Katrina bearing down on the Gulf Coast, Paul and Carolyn Hollister grabbed a few belongings and headed to Florida in their RV. The couple figured they'd be gone for just 48 hours as they left their Waveland, Mississippi, home.

When they returned 10 days later, Waveland was in ruins.

Circling the neighborhood, the Hollisters saw just a handful of houses still standing. Black mud and downed trees altered the once-familiar landscape.

"We passed our house and didn't even recognize the area because there were no landmarks," Carolyn Hollister said. They spotted their home in the rearview mirror and turned around.

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Filed under: Hurricane Katrina
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  1. Augsbee

    Unfortunately, this is the chance you take when you live along the sea. Next time it could be worse, you can never predict how much a storm will destroy.

    August 25, 2010 at 10:59 am |

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