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Hurricane Katrina Impact on Dothan

Wednesday marks the two-year anniversary of one of the most devastating natural disasters in our nation's history, Hurricane Katrina.

Hundreds of evacuees temporarily relocated to the Wiregrass area and now only a few remain.

New 4 spoke with two Katrina victims who make the Wiregrass home and they say they are moving on with their lives.

When they see photos and videos from Hurricane Katrina, evacuees Kendra Leonard and Cecilia Taylor say they still can't believe it actually happened.

"When you look at videos, its seems like it just happened yesterday. I went home, maybe like a month ago, and it's still the same. People are returning but the lower 9th Ward, the devastation is still the same," says former New Orleans, Louisiana Resident Leonard.

"I worry about the people in the Waveland. The poor and disadvantaged that didn't have the chance I had to come here and start over," adds Taylor, whose originally from New Orleans, but was living in the small town of Waveland, Mississippi at the time.

Now, both women who've settled down in the Circle City say they aren't going back.

"I really can't see myself going back to New Orleans, with the condition it's in now," says Leonard.

"I'm at a good place. I'm starting my clinicals at Wallace (Community College) hopefully in January. And I'm just taking it easy, you know, day to day," says Taylor.

Kendra and Cecilia both live in Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity homes.

And, Kendra's home, which is currently under construction, will mark the 100th home the non-profit organization has built.

Meanwhile, she says' she's rebuilding her life and a hurricane won't stop her. "(I'm) Starting a new life for me and my kids. I have a son that's in school here and I'm working here locally. I'm happy I'm at peace now," concludes Leonard.

The Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity has already built 22 homes for Hurricane Katrina families and is building 10 more.


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