Hurricane Katrina, as we all know was one of the worst U.S.natural disasters our young generation has seen. It caused the death of over 1,800 people and left millions more homeless along the Gulf Coast. residents along the entire Gulf Coast and New Orleans lost everything they had. This disaster was an awful reality to see on all news stations and news papers for several months but until you actually went down to see the aftermath first hand, there was no way to see just how bad it was. In the summer of 2007 after completing my freshman year in high school myself and 50 other friends went down to Biloxi Mississippi as part of a mission trip with our church, Saint James Parish. On our way down there we were thinking to our selves how much more can we possibly do two years after the storm, it must be pretty much all cleaned by now. When we arrived to the local parish we were staying at for the week our mouths dropped. Entire communities were still completely wiped out. Neighborhoods that were nothing but debris, childrens toys, family pictures, and every other personal belonging those people once had buried among the rubble. It was unbelievably heart breaking to see all of these things and how lucky we all truly were to just still be able to walk into our own houses at night and have everything we love around us whether we realized it or not. We stopped at a local beach to see houses completely washed into the ocean and the whole area completely devastated. One of the big projects we worked on that week was helping an older couple rebuild there house that had been completely washed away by the storm, not having so much as one picture to come back to. The house design was actually quite brilliant, the husband who was an architect designed a circular house made up of 32 sides that was placed 32 feet up in the air on stilts. The idea of a circular house is that for future storms like Katrina the strong wind could not penetrate one side blowing it away but rather wrap around the house blowing around it. The house was elevated 32 feet on stilts because the water rose 28 feet where his previous house had been during Katrina so if a major storm hit again his house would not be submerged. It was truly incredible building this house and seeing all of the engineering and planning this couple put into the design on there new home. What was even more incredible to me was the fact that after they had lost everything they ever had instead of relocating and moving somewhere out of harms way they stayed, knowing very well how risky it was. They went on to tell us how it was the neighborhood where they both grew up and the house they raised their children in and even though it was all washed away and they could not have any of there personal belongings back they could still have the memories when they wake up and look out there window every morning. Hurricane Katrina took everything from millions, but that did not stop many from giving up and moving away but rather made them stronger as a community and to me that was truly amazing.