PEARLINGTON, Mississippi (AP) -- For more than a week, Pearlington survived largely on its own.Walton County is the next county to the east of me, so they've experienced the same storms I have and know the drill on recovery.
Then, 10 days after Hurricane Katrina annihilated this tiny hamlet on the Louisiana state line, Jeff McVay and five other members of a state emergency response team from Walton County, Florida, arrived at the request of Hancock County.
McVay, who's been through many hurricanes, was stunned by what he found -- a town that had nothing but a place to get water, ice and military-issued meals. There was no Red Cross. There was no shelter. He called home and asked for six more men.
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