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In Mississippi, Hurricane Katrina altered landscape, lives

BILOXI, Miss. The desperate voices on the phone told emergency dispatchers Hurricane Katrina was much worse than anyone imagined "We're drowning!" but until Desiree Hernandez stepped from the windowless bunker at a Biloxi, Miss., fire station into the air outside, she had no idea. "I looked down to Highway 90 and there was nothing there," she said. "And it was just so surreal. When you knew all the businesses and you knew, 'OK, that was Ruby Tuesday's, that was the Shell station, that was that.' "Where's all the hotels? Where did all that stuff inside of all those buildings go? ... Where are the signs? ... Where did it go?" ...

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