December 3, 2021

Bay Area Hurricane Katrina survivors fear for family in Tropical Storm Ida’s path as rescue teams are more prepared

BERKELEY, Calif. (KGO) — Sixteen years to the day after Hurricane Katrina devastated the town of New Orleans, Tropical Storm Ida is now pummeling Louisiana.

Michele Morgan-Oten now lives in Berkeley, however is a New Orleans native who lived by Hurricane Katrina.

“I relive that every August. And especially with another storm now, it makes it even harder for me now,” she stated.

Morgan-Oten advised ABC7 she hardly slept Saturday night.

As an alternative, she was up all evening worrying about her family members again at residence, most of whom fled the town fearing one other Katrina-style catastrophe.

“Because no one’s home. They don’t know what they’re going to be coming home to unfortunately. Or if they can actually return,” Morgan-Oten stated.

Whereas Ida is presenting its personal challenges, Morgan-Oten stated the impression of Katrina left a psychological scar on many New Orleans residents.

However that does not essentially imply the 2 storms may have the identical aftermaths.

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Harold Schapelhouman is a firefighter who was on the bottom following Katrina.

He stated one key distinction is that rescue teams are now more prepared.

“The FEMA teams are all equipped. They’re mostly staffed by firefighters and civilian professionals like doctors, structural engineers, search dog teams, hazardous material experts,” Schapelhouman stated.

However it doesn’t matter what occurs, Morgan-Oten believes the individuals of New Orleans will get well.

“We’re resilient. We’ll be back,” she stated.