Nine years ago I was scanning TV coverage for a glimpse of Mississippi in the news of Katrina and making plans to head to the Gulf Coast. It was a great relief to get this email from Derrick Evans a couple days later letting friends know his mother and everyone in Turkey Creek appeared to have survived the storm because family and neighbors used boats — and even an air mattress — to rescue those trapped in their homes. One of the men Derrick mentions who rescued people by boat, Dashawn Thompson, is wearing a red “Turkey Creek” shirt in the photos below. Dashawn also shot the home movie footage of Katrina in Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek, before he realized the other end of the street was flooding and grabbed Derrick’s boat from his yard. I took the group photo outside Derrick’s great grandfather’s house on the morning we arrived in a caravan from Massachusetts and Alabama to meet Derrick’s mother and cousins. Those days are vivid in my mind, and will remain so.