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Laura evacuees in New Orleans feeling déjà vu with Hurricane Sally

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Posted at 7:05 AM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 08:07:38-04

Hurricane Sally is the second major storm to impact the gulf coast in about a month.

After Hurricane Laura, people from Lake Charles have since called New Orleans home. Now they are faced with another big decision once again.

One family from Lake Charles says, with Sally lingering in the Gulf, it's a really bad case of déjà vu.

Although faced with the potential of another storm in her new, temporary home, Adrienne Hebert counts herself among the lucky evacuees from Hurricane Laura.

"For every one one house in the storm that's okay, there are 15 that were destroyed," Hebert said.

They had minimal damage from Laura, but without power at home in Lake Charles, the Heberts found help from friends in New Orleans, who offered a rental home in Bayou St. John.

"We went to Lake Charles for 15 minutes and I told my kids they had a suitcase to fit in what the needed and that's all that we have here," she said.

Shortly after settling in, there came the news of Hurricane Sally.

"So yesterday morning, at 4:30 am, we get the emergency alerts and I immediately had anxiety," said Hebert.

Given the forecast, the family decided to stay. They've secured their rental property and moved their car to higher ground in preparation.

But even this isn't a new experience for the Heberts. It takes them back to 2005.

"At the time, my husband and I lived here for Katrina, and we evacuated to Lake Charles only to evacuate again for Rita," she said. "So this time it's the same situation only in reverse."

And whether it's 2005 or 2020, the Heberts have found some things stay the same.

"We've put our kids in schools here and everyone has been so welcoming," Adrienne said. "They understand, because they've been through it before."

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