Canadian Couple returns to Laurel after participating in hurricane clean-up 17 years ago

March 30, 2023

Talk about an awesome #Throwback Thursday!

In 2006 Lawrence and Marie De Peuter of Ontario, Canada were part of a Christian organization that visited Laurel to help repair and rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. At that time, south Mississippi was in the national spotlight because of the tragedy inflicted by the August 2005 storm. Today, the City of Laurel is in the national spotlight for decidedly more positive reasons.

The De Peuters never forgot Laurel or the friends they made here and have been watching the city’s latest turn in the limelight via HGTV’s “Home Town”. This week, they made their return to the City Beautiful and have been enjoying touring the city now that it is truly beautiful once again.

On Wednesday morning, they dropped in at City Hall to meet with Mayor Johnny Magee and later they caught up with Jessie Mae (Big Mamma) Williamson, who they had helped with home repairs 18 years ago.

Look out Ben and Erin, we’ve got another handy couple in town!

The City of Laurel, established as a lumber town in 1882, is conveniently situated approximately two hours from larger destination cities such as Jackson, Biloxi, New Orleans, and Mobile. In recent years, the city has become a destination all its own thanks, in part, to its starring role in HGTV’s popular “Hometown” series. As Laurel, and interest in it, continues to grow, we are committed to providing the resources necessary to help all of our residents and businesses reach their full potential.
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