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Isaac Evacuees Reunite in the Mid-South after 20 Years

Hurricane Isaac threatened to flood the coasts of four states with storm surge and heavy rains on its way to New Orleans, where residents were hunkered down behind levees that were fortified after Katrina struck.
HORN LAKE, MS (abc24.com) - Hurricane Isaac threatened to flood the coasts of four states with storm surge and heavy rains on its way to New Orleans, where residents hunkered down behind levees that were fortified after Katrina struck.

The storm sent families all over the country, but reunited a few in the Mid-South. Frances Frught evacuated New Orleans on Monday, "The corps built us a levee before and that's what failed last time so they say it's a good test for it, but I don't want to be around for a test."

Every time a storm hits the gulf, Frught and his family hit the road, not knowing where they'll end up or who they'll be next to. This time Frught ended up at the Jellystone Park in Horn Lake. "We took off Monday around 11:00 a.m. We went and stopped over here..."

Frught was interrupted by another New Orleans evacuee, Gerard Strohmeyer, a long lost friend, reunited through evacuation. The two worked together in New Orleans for more than 30 years and hadn't seen each other in 20 years. Since then, a lot has changed.

"We lost everything in Katrina, we lost everything, we lived on a house boat in Lake Pontchartrain and the hurricane took our houseboat, it's just like starting over again, we lost everything, cars, everything except our little motor home and thank God for that," Strohmeyer said.

Nearly 400 miles away without the comfort of home, they found comfort in their neighbors. Strohmeyer said, "This is a wonderful thing man, it's good to travel this far and see somebody, you know, it's good."

Wednesday, August 29 marks the one year anniversary since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans.
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