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Mississippi Rescue Mission


"My nephew was down there, he had no place to stay, had no work, and needed to get away," explains Doug McIntosh.

He is very familiar with Biloxi, Mississippi. He lived there for years.

He moved back to Wisconsin in December; his nephew stayed.

The night of the storm, he went to a friend's house. He returned to find his ceiling caved in, so he asked his uncle, McIntosh, for help.

"We drove down Friday night and got there Saturday," says McIntosh.

Only to find devastation.

"This is nothing but houses, they're gone," he explains as he points to the television while we watch his home video from the area, "What houses are there, they're on a different foundation. It's pretty amazing. And to think anyone got out of here if they stayed, and they did stay."

The area that now resembles a junk yard is an area where he says many low-income families lived. They didn't have the resources to get out.

"The orange X means they didn't find any bodies in there, the black X means they found bodies," shows McIntosh.

When asked how many black X's he saw he responds, "As you can see there aren't many houses here to spray them on."

The wave was so huge it picked up a casino boat, dropping it across the highway.

Amidst the chaos, members of a destroyed church held a service on the side of the building.

"You just feel for the people, they lost everything."

The scene is different today (Thursday). Officials have set up a recovery center downtown.

But McIntosh's eyes well up with tears at the thought that it may never be the same.

"Does it make your stomach turn every time you watch it?" I ask. As he holds back tears he mumbles, "Um hmmm."

"How long do you think it will take for the people, this community to have any kind of normalcy back?" I ask. As his voice trails off he says, "Years..."

We also spoke with his nephew, Jack. He's living with McIntosh and just started a new job in Madison yesterday. He says he's here to stay.


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