Hurricane Katrina reunion helps victims move past storm

Katrina reunion lifts storm victims' spirits

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Hurricane Katrina ripped through South Louisiana, causing devastation and displacing thousands.

At greater King David Baptist church near Florida Boulevard, peace is the best word to describe the feeling in the room. 

They may not tell you, but many of them never pictured that they would ever feel safe again.

Ten years ago, when Hurricane Katrina tore through South Louisiana, people like Vivian Nicholson, who was in the 9th grade at the time, found themselves uprooted and suddenly in Baton Rouge.

A decade later, she says it was hard to turn the TV during the hurricane's anniversary.

"It just brings back memories that you just try to suppress and move forward with," says Vivian Nicholson. "I lost a lot of friends, and just the process in itself was just devastating so whenever I see it on TV, I just try to flip through it."

Easing that pain is a big reason why Sister Judith Brun set up a reunion of friends and family who survived Katrina. 

Brun says she knows all of the people at the reunion from her days helping out at the Red Cross shelter.

Since those days, she says they all have grown.

"I'm here today not just with people I worked with, because some of the people I worked with at the time now have children of their own," says Sister Brun.

Though the storm has passed, those affected by the storm hope that they can finally put it behind them 10 years later.

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