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BAY ST. LOUIS, MISS. | It’s called the “Angel Tree,” and this intricately carved dead oak tree grabs your eyes and won’t let go.

On the morning of Aug. 29, 2005, Katrina’s eye passed over Bay St. Louis. It was the epicenter of one of the most destructive forces of nature ever seen in America. Ahead of the storm a massive tidal surge pushing 40 feet high crashed ashore, and in that torrent of rain and wind, flying debris and saltwater, was the century-old original Bay Town Inn Bed & Breakfast.

Inside the Inn was owner Nikki Moon and her dog, with friends Doug Nicolet and Kevin Guillory. The storm made quick work of the Inn, and the three people and Moon’s dog ran for their lives to a massive oak behind what was left of the Inn.

They climbed the tree and clung to it for four hours as Katrina’s wrath destroyed Bay St. Louis.

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