Katrina escapee watches Gustav from afar

DESTREHAN, La. (AP) -- For 10 years, Mary Rockefeller lived in a New Orleans suburb, working as a real estate agent and bringing families in to enjoy a laid-back lifestyle still close enough to enjoy the French Quarter, Mardi Gras and other delights.

All of that changed after Hurricane Katrina hit on Aug. 29, 2005.

On Saturday, from suburban Chattanooga, Tenn., where she and her husband, Doug, now live, she waited for family members to arrive after fleeing from Hurricane Gustav and watching intently the evacuation of the New Orleans area on television.

Rockefeller, now retired, said from her home in Lakeside, Tenn., this was why they moved, so they "would have a safe place for the children to come should they have to evacuate."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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