Wall of Water Left the Rescuers in Need - Los Angeles Times

A historic Mississippi fishing town is in ruins. Police had to hack their way out of their station, and firefighters swam for their lives.

By John-Thor Dahlburg and P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writers

WAVELAND, Miss. — The firefighters trudged door to door, if there were doors left at all, searching for survivors in this isolated village on the Mississippi coast.

Too often, they could tell from the stench as they approached that they would find only victims.

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