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Nightmare Revisited: Harvey a Disastrous Deja Vu for Katrina Survivors

Nightmare Revisited: Harvey a Disastrous Deja Vu for Katrina Survivors

By Arian Campo-Flores and Erin Ailworth, The Wall Street Journal
 

HOUSTON—As Hurricane Katrina approached New Orleans in 2005, Terrence McKinney fled with his mother and sisters, eventually settling here after the storm demolished his house and washed away all their belongings.

A dozen years later, as Hurricane Harvey barreled toward Houston, he decided to stay put. On Monday, floodwaters rose quickly around his apartment complex east of downtown, then gushed into rooms and burst windows. Mr. McKinney and his wife, daughter and other relatives decided to make their way across the flooded street to a two-story apartment building.

The chest-high water coursed so fiercely they joined hands with neighbors to form a human chain to help each other cross. The swift current swept away one woman, who clutched a tree as people yelled to her, “Hold on! Don’t let go!”

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