Again, taken the day of the hurricane - two days later the rest of the ceiling caved in, here.
Here is our kitchen showing the door that blew out from the pressure of the water inside the house. See by the door - under the microwave - there was a stove there! It blew out the door and into a neighbor's yard. The refrigerator turned on its side.
This is before the rest of his ceiling caved in and the outside brick wall just rocked back and forth.
Here is a shot of her bedroom. You can see where the bed shoved into the wall and made a huge hole in the sheetrock. Again, you can see how high the water was standing on the walls. The pictures of the kids' rooms make me the saddest. This was also taken the day of the hurricane - early evening.
This is a view of our Master bathroom from our bedroom door. We couldn't even get through to get to the closet because everything caved in back there.
Here is some of the junk strewn all over the driveway. This picture was taken the day of the hurricane, late afternoon. One of my Iris carts is lying there! LOL That big white shelving unit that you see lying on its side was in Alex's bedroom.
Here is a shot of our dining room. Yes, that is one of my kitties eating a plate of cat food that the neighbor brought down for her. She was sooooo hungry! Next to her, ironically, is one of my scrapbook albums that was ruined. The refrigerator is laying over completely. You can see the standing water line on the walls. This picture was taken while we were stuck there in Biloxi, on the 31st of August.
This is a view of my Grandma's room. Everything ended up pretty much in a pile in the center of her room. See the water line on her wall? Her cat stayed in this room because we didn't have room to take our pets when we evacuated. The cat was a good swimmer - she made it through.
This is one of the scariest pictures to me, and let me explain why. Whenever we have had tornado warnings or hurricane warnings in the past, we would always take blankets, pillows, and a flashlight to this central hallway between all of our bedrooms. Had we stayed and not left, we would have stayed in this hallway. The storm surge alone came up quite a bit, but the whole hallway was flooded at one point, and we would have been trapped with the water.
This is how Matthew's ceiling looked. A day later, the rest of the ceiling came down as it was waterlogged from the standing water in the house. You can see the standing water line on the right of the picture on the wall.
Here is the hole in the roof where the wave initially hit from the back of the house. It blew out the roof, ceiling, and then flooded the rest of the house. The wave built up pressure inside the house, causing the doors and windows to blow off and out. Most of our stuff was down the street or on the next block.
The water line runs all along the edge of our property, but the downed trees make it impossible to see. These trees were HUGE - very, very tall and strong.
Yes, that really is a couch teetering on our wooden fence. This is some of the debris that washed up into our back yard. The water starts on the far right of the picture - you can't see it due to the downed trees.
Here is our living room. I am a messy housekeeper. HAHAHA A day after this photo was taken, the rest of the ceiling came down from being waterlogged.
Here is where I used to scrap and also where all of our computers were. A pile of mush, here.
Here is what was left of our formal dining room. See the hanging plant? Domonique gave it to me when she was two years old for Mothers day back in 1995, and it survived! I have it here with me in our new home. :)
This is the lovely aftermath in our front entryway. You can see the water line on the left side on the wall where the water sat in the house.
This is the view of our front yard in Biloxi a week after the hurricane.
There is nothing left but a slab, here. These people owned Gollott Seafood - http://www.gollottseafood.com/ . They lost their house in 1969 also due to Hurricane Camille, when it hit Biloxi. They weren't in their house when the hurricane hit, thank God. There is nothing left. We had a few of their possessions in our yard, like a new bottle of mouthwash.
This house was about 6 houses down from us, also on the water. Thepoor guy who owned it, a doctor, had the original house hit by lightning and burned down about a year or so ago, so he had just finished rebuilding it when the hurricane came and took it again. You can see all the way through it.
This house was 5 houses down from ours. The whole thing collapsed. This couple who lived there stayed. The water started rushing in, so they tried to get out and go to the house next door, but no one was home. They kept running from the water from house to house, trying to get someone who was home to answer the door, to no avail. They finally swam across the canal behind their house and broke into a house next to Matthew's best friend Lindsey's house.
She lived in Bay St. Louis, MS and owned a gorgeous dome home on the water. This is all that is left - the beams that held up the house. They couldn't even find PIECES of the house. We set up camp here in this tent for a week to wait for FEMA, who never came.
I thought it was lovely that they still decorated for Halloween. :) You can see right through the house on the right side. There are only studs, there.
This picture is funny, but it isn't funny. They received a big, whopping insurance check (insert sarcasm here) so here is the picture of their message to Nationwide Insurance, thanking them for all the "help".