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In Front of Episcopal Church -- after the Hurricane, September 1947
Allison’s photograph documents some of the damage inflicted by another unnamed hurricane on the town of Bay Saint Louis. The 1947 storm killed at least six people as 100 mph winds and a twelve foot tide sent giant waves over the seawall, destroying all but two of the stores on the Bay side of Front Street. Numerous residents were left homeless, including the grandmother and aunts of Louisiana Congressman T. Hale Boggs. Those elderly ladies survived by taking refuge in a neighbor’s attic after their own home was destroyed.