Katrina Stories

Ms. Grace

Ms. Grace

| August 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

When outreach workers first met Grace Bailey, she couldn’t talk to them, but her vulnerabilities were clear. Grace had just had surgery to repair her face and jaw after a severe beating on the abandoned streets of an abandoned neighborhood. It was obvious to the workers that the surgery sites were infected – puss was […]

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Mr. Hammond

Mr. Hammond

| August 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

At 71 years-old, Mr. Hammond looks forward to his twilight years by indulging his gardening addiction. While most people his age are pushing around walkers or leaning on canes, Mr. Hammond can be found behind a tiller or maneuvering a weed whacker through his impressive garden. It’s an appropriate hobby for a man who’s self-sufficient, […]

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Mr. Tommie

Mr. Tommie

| August 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

He has been featured in major newspapers and his artwork hangs on permanent display in the Louisiana State Museum. Tommie Mabry’s stream of consciousness writings, written on the walls of a flooded public housing complex, captured the immediate confusion and terror of a city besieged by water. As Hurricane Katrina bore down, Tommie held up […]

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Ms. Carrie

Ms. Carrie

| August 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

She had to get to the school. As Carrie pushed through chest-deep water, she knew that the second floor of the school would provide safety. Before she reached the school, she was knocked off her feet and hit by a heavy piece of debris, pummeling her in the lower back. She regained her footing and […]

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