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Back to Back Hurricanes Take an Emotional Toll

For New Orleans evacuees it's especially painful as they try to regroup and move on. Right now in Texas thousands are stuck in a not so smooth evacuation.

Just days ago millions watched as the New Orleans Superdome quickly changed from a safe haven to a place of anger and hopelessness.

Dr. Carolyn Stimel of the American Red Cross says, "This thing was out of everyone's control and I think it is very hard for most of us when we feel like we need to have our lives somewhat organized and then something like this comes and we realize we don't have any control over really basic things like food clothing and housing."

For New Orleans evacuee Wanda Luciano, her one-year-old daughter Laura kept her from losing her head.

Wanda says, "I didn't have any money for gas, didn't have any money for food and I was running low with her milk and everything. She kept my mind straight; she tried to make me feel happy even though I was worried about it."

Before Hurricane Katrina hit, 18-year-old Jesse Lewis went on a shopping spree.

Jesse says, "I had just bought a $300 dollar and a $250 TV."

Still, Jesse, who lost everything to floodwater, says he's happier now more than ever.

Jesse says, "My mom, little brother and whole family are alright."

Lewis says with all that's missing he still has what's most important. Dr. Stimel says for those evacuees with children it's best to keep them playing and active as much as possible and to remember they are watching you.


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