Christan Theresa Poret and her family, (from left), husband Mark Poret, son Sean, 10, son Cameren (cq) 4, daughter Meah (cq) 13, and son Jaydn (cq) 15-months, at the Clarkston Community Center on Thursday, August 24, 2017. Poret relocated to Atlanta from New Orleans during hurricane Katrina. (Akili-Casundria Ramsess/Special to the AJC)
Photo: Akili-Casundria Ramsess/Special to the AJC
Photo: Akili-Casundria Ramsess/Special to the AJC

Aug. 28, 2005: How Hurricane Katrina changed a family 

In retrospect, it was probably hubris that kept Christan Theresa Poret and her family in New Orleans after Mayor Ray Nagin warned everybody to get out of town as Hurricane Katrina gained strength on Aug. 28, 2005.

“I kinda blew it off as just another warning,” Poret said. “We got hurricanes all the time. I figured that we would get some rain, the storm would turn and everything would be back to normal.”

Nothing was normal about Katrina

Meah Poret and her grandmother Roslyn Poret in front of the same New Orleans home that would be flooded out with them in it months before Hurricane Katrina hit. (Photo courtesy Christan Theresa Poret)
Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The storm killed more than 1,200 mostly black and poor people along the Gulf Coast and caused more than a billion dollars of damage.

Poret lost everything. So why does she feel like she was one of the lucky one?

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