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A Katrina Victim’s Personal Ordeal

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Editors Note: Its been over two years since Hurricane Katrina devestated some Gulf Coast areas of New Orleans, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Leaving thousands of poverty-stricken people and others without homes to return to. Aubrey was among those still waiting to return home, as of this report in December 2007. Here is his story, in his own words, about his experience before, during, and after the deadly storm.

Chapter One: Before Katrina

I have a story to tell about a storm that affected not only my life but everyones life forever; the storms name was Katrina.

But first let me tell you about life before the storm. I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. I am 35 years old, and life was great. It was mid-August 2005 and the weather was in the upper 90s.

For the children of the city, school had just started. For everyone else it was just a normal Thursday, August 25. It was 5:00 p.m., and I was just getting home from school. While watching the news, it was reported a storm named Katrina had hit the state of Florida and it might come our way. As the week continued, people were doing one of two things: preparing for the storm or going about their daily routine, because as far as I can remember back, storms have a history of passing by us at the last minute. As the days went on, the storm grew in speed and strength. It went from a Category One storm to a Category Three in a few hours.
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