Hurricane Katrina Survivor

By: Laura Speakman
By: Laura Speakman

A mandatory storm evacuation could not hold back Lynn Kimble from watching Hurricane Katrina cause all this devastation first hand. She says if some storm was going to try and take her home she wanted to see it happen for herself.

"The wind was terrible I've never heard such wild, mean ugly wind," said Kimble.

She sat on her stairs watching water rush in and ruin everything.

"I heard a clunk and I saw the mantle go over with all my mother's treasures and I ran down the steps and I tried to save them and I was not successful. A desk hit me in the leg it was whirling around in the water. The next morning I could tell something was wrong I couldn't move so they took me to the hospital and I had libibria bacteria and I'm lucky to be alive because it kills most people," said Kimble.

After the storm she was one of the first to see her little community torn to shreds.

"We came out and looked around and saw the devastation our friends have lost their homes and it's very hard but our house is still here and we will restore it," said Kimble.

And thanks to volunteers she's putting her life back together.

"We cannot thank the people who have come out here to help us it has been wonderful I just didn't know there were so many caring people in this country but we found out," said Kimble.

She's living with friends right now, still on a waiting list for a F.E.M.A. trailer. If you'd like to help Kimble and others like her visit

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