OCEAN SPRINGS, MS - Ex-Naselle resident Joann (Crenshaw) Tinnon and her family of Ocean Springs, Miss., a suburb of Biloxi, were among the millions of people who experienced the full wrath of Hurricane Katrina last week. Joann Tinnon is the middle daughter of Eldryd (Slim) and Helen Crenshaw, longtime residents of Naselle.
Joann Tinnon lost her house, their personal belongings, and their car to the storm surge and Level 4 hurricane which battered the Gulf Coast area of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama. Joann Tinnon is a civilian employee at Keesler Air Force Base, near Biloxi. That facility was heavily damaged.
Tinnon, and her youngest daughter and granddaughter who live with her, fled from the path of the hurricane, to Tallahassee, Fla., before Katrina made landfall last Monday. When they returned, they found the house "kind of standing," all of their possessions scattered around the neighborhood and beyond, and their car flooded by salt water from the Gulf of Mexico.
Joann's sisters, Norma and Elaine, have been able to have limited communication with Joann's children who also reside in the area and they have reported on these events thus far. Joann and her family are currently able to stay with her son, who also lives in the area, and whose apartment remains habitable.
The members of the Naselle Community Congregational Church are conducting a money drive to give support to Joann and her family. Persons wishing to make donations to Joann Tinnon may send them to the church at P.O. Box 186; Naselle, WA 98638.