Katrina survivor living in St. Louis tired of anniversary amid Harvey storm

Terry Joseph
September 6, 2017

"This is attractive. It's been overwhelming", said Father Tim Hedrick as a steady stream of parishioners and other residents of New Orleans and Jefferson Parish drove to St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, their cars and SUVs overflowing with food and other supplies.

And now, hurricanes Harvey and Katrina are drawing lots of comparisons. Houston has opened their arms to Hurricane Katrina survivors and we must do our part to take care of them.

"I would've loved to of gone back".

The pictures of the devastation in and around Houston are bringing back some bad memories for her. She said starting over was hard.

"It just feels like it's Katrina all over again". Numerous photos taken from those awful days are still seared into my mind: holes ripped in the roof of the Superdome with people trapped inside; bodies floating in water on former highways; spray painted symbols on the front of homes signifying that they had been searched and if there had been dead found inside.I had never been to New Orleans, but the more I saw the stories the closer I got to taking time off of work and signing up to do volunteer work in the disaster area.

Years later, vast areas in New Orleans remain broken; families are spread across the USA; and trauma from the storm still haunts thousands that fled their sunken city.

"You bleed for those people, you know?"

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It has been reported and confirmed the maintenance of the New Orleans levees was the responsibility of the area's levee board. Homes, neighborhoods, and entire communities were swallowed by Harvey's wrath.

By contrast, electricity didn't return to New Orleans for weeks, a scenario that contributed directly to much of the havoc and breakdown in civil order that came to represent the post-Katrina crisis in late August and early September 2005.

The key to protecting large American metropolitan areas from future natural disasters is putting the people first - something that was not done for the good people of New Orleans.

Together McCrossen and friends have set up food banks in four locations around New Orleans.

Larkins said after Katrina, many moved to Texas as it is the neighboring state to Louisiana.

With Harvey, the storm was a Category 4 hurricane when it struck the Texas coast, measuring 200 miles across.

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