LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Two women who Katrina brought to East Texas are now reflecting on the storm, and their decision to stay here. The devastation that hurricane Katrina wrought on new Orleans sent thousands rushing to Texas for safety. Two of them - a mother and daughter came to East Texas.
"At first we decide that we wasn't leaving, but then when the sheriff said we had to leave," says New Orleans native Emma Dufrene. "We had to go and we left with three outfits."
Dufrene and her daughter Beryl Shankle left everything they owned in homes that were wiped out, and found solace in their Texas neighbors.
"The first year was the roughest but it became easier," Beryl said.
Both have been back to see the devastation of their home town.
"We're very blessed because we got out," Emma said. "It's still not right. It's still not new Orleans like it should be. I miss it, I miss all my friends and family. I feel it was real terrible that the poor people suffered and had to go through all they did."
Coming to Texas probably saved Dufrene's life. She was diagnosed with cancer a few months later and had life-saving surgery. They live next door to each other and feel they were meant to end up in Texas.
"We feel God wanted us here, that's why we're here, that's why we decided to stay," said Emma.
Both mother and daughter see each other every day and say the only thing they miss now about their original home town is the food. But they say Texas cooking is alright with them.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:56 AM EDT2013-05-22 04:56:12 GMT
The body of a missing Portland woman has been found in Hawaii. A medical examiner's office in Hawaii confirmed Tuesday the body of Ivanice Harris was found near Yokohama Bay. A cause of death has notMore >
The medical examiner's office in Hawaii confirmed Tuesday the body of Ivanice Harris was found near Yokohama Bay. A cause of death has not yet been determined.More >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:27 PM EDT2013-05-23 01:27:53 GMT
The first City Target set to open in Portland is starting to take shape and on Wednesday, Fox 12 got an early peek inside. The store is located inside the Galleria building at 10th and Morrison. The CityMore >
The first City Target set to open in Portland is starting to take shape and on Wednesday, Fox 12 got an early peek inside.More >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:32 PM EDT2013-05-23 01:32:31 GMT
ORLANDO, FL (RNN) – A man with possible ties to a Boston Marathon bombing suspect was shot and killed after the FBI interviewed him early Wednesday. The FBI confirmed a special agent fatally shot a manMore >
A man killed Wednesday during questioning by the FBI said he and Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev were accomplices in a 2011 slaying. More >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:49 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:49:12 GMT
Investigators now say two men they believed to be posing as city fire inspectors are in fact licensed professionals, and run a legal business. The two men were seen walking into stores along SE HawthorneMore >
Investigators now say two men they believed to be posing as city fire inspectors are in fact licensed professionals and run a legal business. More >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:40 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:40:11 GMT
Fox 12's most wanted stole not once, but twice from the safe of a Catholic school in northeast Portland. Someone stole about $4000 from The Madeleine School. The first theft happened on Friday, and theMore >
Fox 12's most wanted stole not once, but twice from the safe of a Catholic school in northeast Portland.More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:04 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:04:18 GMT
Surveillance cameras caught a thief on camera stealing from a southeast Portland salon. It happened Monday between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Dosha Salon Spa, 3490 S.E. Hawthorne. The owners said a manMore >
A man wearing a bicycle helmet and a messenger bag stole an employee's purse from a Dosha Salon Spa.More >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:04 PM EDT2013-05-22 16:04:01 GMT
A man was arrested at the Centralia Police Station after showing up in handcuffs. The 21-year-old walked to the station Saturday and asked for help taking them off. He said a friend bought them at aMore >
A man was arrested at the Centralia Police Station after showing up in handcuffs.More >