Cities along the Mississippi Gulf Coast hold their first municipal elections since Hurricane Katrina on Tuesday, and nearly four years later, the storm’s impact is visible on the ballot.
Nearly half of the coast’s mayors are not seeking re-election. The main reason? Hurricane fatigue.
Xavier Bishop moved to Moss Point, Ms., from Chicago in 2001 – lured by the sleepy southern lifestyle where the Pascagoula and Escatawpa rivers meet. City Hall is right on the waterfront and that’s where Bishop — just six weeks into his first term as mayor — was baptized by the rising waters of Hurricane Katrina.
“I could look out my window and see the water making its way into city hall and once it began to seep though the door, I abandoned City Hall for the police station,” Bishop says.
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