Like so many others along the Gulf Coast living in the area ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, the residents of Bay St. Louis had been without phone service, completely cut off from the rest of the world.
Hurricane survivor Kathy Carson had two daughters in Knoxville, Tenn., whom she was desperate to reach.
"It's hard," she said. "We are going to get through."
She was one of thousands in the region who were unable to tell loved ones they made it through the storm.
Heaven Amid Destruction
That is, until someone found a little piece of heaven in the midst of the destruction.
The hurricane destroyed the bridge to Bay St. Louis, but it turns out that standing on the edge of the destroyed bridge is the best place to get a cell phone signal to communicate with the outside world.
"Keep trying me on my cell phone! I love y'all!" said one woman, shouting into her cell phone.
Whether it is around the world or around the corner, everyone in the region is desperate to phone home.
In a part of the country awash in so much tragedy, it is one spot that offers piece of mind.
As one woman said, "the bridge that leads to nowhere helps us get somewhere."
ABC News' Mike Von Fremd filed this report for "World News Tonight."