After Katrina, Finding Refuge in South LA

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans ten years ago, Cassandra Cousin was in the hospital recovering from heat stroke. "We stayed up all that night and it was bad, lot of them girls so scared but I was used to hurricanes, Betsy, Andrew, Ivan but Katrina was worst. Oh my Jesus. Katrina was a disaster," says Cassandra. She got out of New Orleans as soon as she could and headed to Los Angeles, where her cousin lived. Since the storm, Cassandra has built a new life with her son in South LA. "Another reason I don't want to go back down there is because I don't want to be in another hurricane. It was just too much for me," she says.

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