On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina devastated the gulf coast and has been determined to be the worst natural disaster in US history. In November of 2005, The City of Whitewater, by unanimous proclamation, adopted the City of Bay St Louis Mississippi as its first Sister City.
Famous Historian Stephen Ambrose grew up in Whitewater Wisconsin and during later years of his life, lived in Bay St Louis. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater named its health center after Ambrose’s father. It was this natural connection and a desire to help restore Bay St Louis from Katrina’s wrath that drew Whitewater to help in any way.