I spent the last couple of days in Biloxi, Mississippi, visiting my mother and checking out the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Mary Mahoney’s Old French House restaurant is one of the few restaurants that has reopened in the downtown section of town close to the waterfront. Last Saturday night my mother and I ate an excellent meal there. I had the grilled shrimp with lump crabmeat on angel hair pasta and she had the whole grilled flounder.
In this photo you can see how much higher the water reached inside the restaurant during Katrina than in Camille. The line that you can just barely see at the top of the image is the level to which water rose inside Mahoney’s during Katrina. Based on those lines, I would estimate that the water was about five feet deeper inside the restaurant (actually, the bar) during Katrina.