Interview: Pearlington, Mississippi five years after Katrina, Part 1August 30, 2010
Five years after Hurricane Katrina, the unincorporated Mississippi town of Pearlington still bears scars from the storm that hit it head on. Almost half the population has left. But local efforts have gone a long way toward recouping losses and rebuilding a small coastal town. Former Garfield County sheriff Tom Delessandri coordinated Mountains to Mississippi, a joint effort by Roaring Fork Valley communities to deliver leadership, labor, materials and money to Pearlington. Five years after it began, Tom Delessandri of Carbondale and Pearlington resident Ben Taylor remember the devastation and the path to recovery in a conversation with KDNK's Marilyn Gleason.