Video: After Katrina, Mississippi revives

By Correspondent
NBC News
updated 9/26/2005 7:36:52 PM ET 2005-09-26T23:36:52

Nearly one month ago, Curtis Bounds suddenly found himself taking care of nearly two dozen relatives. When we met him, he was desperately trying to keep himself together, saying, "Try to be strong, man, because you know if you break down, everybody around you starts to break down. But it's tough to see people like this."

Today, his family members have all moved out. While inside his home he and his wife flipped through scrapbooks to see what pictures they can save, outside bulldozers showed up, for the first time, to clear their street.

"I didn't realize how depressed I was until they started cleaning up," says Bounds. "You start to see progress, it makes you feel a whole lot better."

After Katrina hit, ophthalmologist Joel Knight's eye clinic was a mess. Oddly, his fish tank was left intact — his fish still swimming. Today, the fish tank is still intact and Knight says he can't believe the outpouring of aid and support that made its way to his community.

"The overwhelming warmth and support that has been shown for us from the Northeast, California, the Midwest to the Plains," says Knight. "It's just startling."

For Biloxi to make a complete comeback, it is dependent on its casino industry. But with the destruction of 13 barge casinos went 14,000 jobs.

Danny Skimetta was a blackjack dealer. Back on Sept. 1, after Katrina hit, we asked him how he intended to pay his bills and mortgage. "I don't know," Skimetta admitted.

NBC News found Danny Monday working on his house and still trying to figure out his next move.

"A lot of my friends from the casinos, their families have already moved to Las Vegas or out of state for work," says Skimetta. "But I got so much roots here in Biloxi. I'm going to try to hang out here, try and make something work here."

The casino industry says they're anxious to reopen and signs of rebuilding are already visible. One casino vows to be back in business by Christmas.

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