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Where’s Wally: Booms out, life goes on in Bay St. Louis

May 5th, 2010 Comments off

MBJ reporter Wally Northway is spending the day on the Mississippi Gulf Coast getting reaction to the Deep Horizon oil spill that threatens the Mississippi Gulf Coast … here is his first report from the scene.

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BAY ST. LOUIS — As an oil boom is stretched across the railroad bridge that spans the Bay of St. Louis, more than 40 people showed up to help build the 140th Habitat for Humanity House since Hurricane Katrina struck nearly five years ago.

“People are upbeat and enthusiastic about putting (Katrina) behind us,” said Sherry Bevis of the Bay-Waveland Main Street Association.

Even as the threat of oil on the beaches from the spill of the BP rig looms in the Gulf of Mexico, there is no hint of oil smell in the air and the sense of the people seems to be positive.

“We are putting this community back together again one house at a time,” said Bay business owner Nancy Moynan, who owns Maggie Mays in downtown Bay St. Louis.

Check back later as Wally Northway travels the length of the Mississippi Gulf Coast getting reaction to the Deep Horizon oil spill.