Katrina Evacuee Reflects on Third Anniversary of Storm

Three years ago Friday, Katrina unleashed her wrath on New Orleans. Since then residents have tried to put the storm behind them and rebuild.

However, a new storm, Gustav, has people in the Big Easy hunkering down, and one College Station resident says all the memories are coming back.

Antonio Gibson fled New Orleans before Katrina hit. The former defensive back for the New Orleans Saints didn't know when or if his family would ever return.

"Who would have ever expected Katrina to be Katrina," Gibson said.

Gibson and his family evacuated to College Station and for the past three years, they've called this town home.

"We just looked at it as being something temporary and you know things have kind of picked up for us," Gibson said.

Gibson trains young athletes with big aspirations, and his family has settled into life outside the Big Easy.

However, news of Gustav heading toward New Orleans has re-kindled memories of the 2005 tragedy.

"I think people went back just out of hope, but egos and emotions are still fragile even for those who are there," Gibson said.

Gibson re-built his family's home in New Orleans and visits relatives and friends on a regular basis. He says the city is recovering, but has a long way to go.

"They are trying," Gibson said. "It's just not coming back as fast as those who would want to stay there would like for it to come back."

As residents brace for Gustav they're praying that it won't be a repeat of Katrina.

New Orleans was forced to cancel some ceremonies marking Katrina's anniversary as it prepares for Gustav.

One ceremony that did take place included a horse-drawn carriage that brought seven unclaimed bodies of Hurricane Katrina victims to a memorial site where they were entombed.

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