New Orleans Evacuees Staying in Bowling Green

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

George Blackmon says: "My house is underwater. My house is completely underwater."

George Blackmon loaded up his vehicle Sunday afternoon with only a knapsack and his close friends.

Michaela Harrison says: "Living in New Orleans you're kind of always under the distant shadow of the Big One. You kind of always know that it's somewhere out there but I don't think anybody really expected that it was going to be so..."

Michaela Harrison says she rushed the group to get packed and leave the city for safety, but she didn't anticipate how awful the situation would be for those left in New Orleans. Eric Paul Perez says he did not initially want to leave.

Perez says: "The wind does not necessarily scare me. But I know that the levies are no larger than 20 feet. So as soon as I heard there would be tidal surges of 20 feet or higher, I knew it was time to go."

Edward Pope's entire family is still there. He hasn't been able to get in touch with them since he arrived in Bowling Green.

Pope says: "I may be the only one who actually got out of the state period. The only person in my family. All my family is still there. So right now I feel alone, like what am I going to do?"

Now that they've made it out safe they are now trying to figure out what to do next. Dorise Blackmon says she's not sure she'll ever return.
Blackmon says: "It's going to be horrific to go back there."

Even after all the devastation, Perez says he is planning to go back and rebuild his life.

Perez says: "My family has been in New Orleans for many many generations. It's a part of me. It's a beautiful city. An Amazing city. There's something about it. There's a spirit there that can't be denied. And it will never be the same, but it will be."


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