HOUSTON—A 15-year-old who left her mother and home behind in Plaquemines Parish isn’t sure what will be there if and when she returns.
Arieion Demolle is now staying with family members in Houston. The family continues to watch images surface of their hometown under siege by floodwaters.
Demolle tried to hold back tears and she spoke about the home she evacuated.
“I just thought it was going to be a lot of rain and wind. I [didn’t] know there was going to be a lot of damages,” said Demolle.
Demolle hasn’t been able to get in touch with her mother and some others back at home.
“Hurricane Katrina was already putting people out,” she said.
Demolle’s family members, who now live in Houston, said they were emotionally torn apart by the images surfacing from Plaquemines Parish. They evacuated and moved to Texas seven years ago when Katrina unleashed her wrath.
“It just brings back everything all over again,” cried Adrienne Coleman. “It’s so hard to see all of that happening.”
Coleman and the relatives who now call Texas home say their doors are open for the rest of the family, struggling in the aftermath.
For others who don’t have family members or friends to stay with, finding shelter has been costly.
“I don’t know if we can go home, and we can’t afford to stay here because we don’t have any money. What are me and my kids going to do?” asked Katherine Cole, who evacuated from Harvey, LA.
Cole is taking it day by day with her kids at a motel in Baytown. She doesn’t know how much longer they’ll be able to stay here.
“If it was just me, maybe I could say, hey I’ll stay, but when I look at the conditions, no, I couldn’t do that to my kids,” she added.
She says they’re the reason why she doesn’t regret her decision to evacuate.