As Hurricane Isaac approaches, Greg Monroe remembers Katrina

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“After going through Katrina and just having to pay attention to it your whole life, every time one starts to form and all the news stations start to track it, you pay attention,” Monroe said Monday morning. “It’s something that you have to worry about. But you try to stay calm and get as many facts as you can, get to a safe place if you need to.”

Monroe had just started his sophomore year of high school when the early exodus began on the Friday of Labor Day weekend in 2005. He was heading into a movie with friends, planning to attend a football jamboree later that night, when his sister called with the news that the family was getting out of town. Around 3 a.m. on Saturday, a Monroe caravan headed for Houston. They spent several days in a hotel before the reality of Katrina’s devastation led to another month or so in available apartment space.

The extended Monroe family – Greg’s mother, sister, grandmother and nephew in one vehicle and the families of two uncles in others – will head to Lafayette, about 135 miles along Interstate 10, the heart of Cajun country, later today and wait out Isaac.

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