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Katrina Survivor Shares Story 5 Years Later

Jessie Phillips Jessie Phillips

Elise Preston
NewsChannel 10

AMARILLO, TX - It has almost been five years since the levees broke in New Orleans, wiping out much of the city. One Amarillo resident tells NewsChannel 10 she found refuge in a city of strangers after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Jessie Phillips thought Hurricane Katrina would be like many tropical storms that slammed into her hometown.  So she decided she would ride the storm out.

However, she spent 7 days in her 6th ward neighborhood, trying to survive. Phillips finally hopped on a boat and was taken to the airport , bound for Amarillo.

She arrived with about 130 displaced New Orleanians.

It's in Amarillo, Jessie tells NewsChannel 10, she is still trying to re-start her life.

"Amarillo saved my boys lives.  If we would have gone back to New Orleans, I fear that they would have gotten caught up with the drugs and other things because of the messed up stuff that is still  going on because of Katrina." said Phillips.

Phillips tells us, she plans to open an authentic Creole and Cajun restaurant in Amarillo within a few months.

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