Marquette alumnus remembers time in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina
WTMJ News Team
Lacey Crisp reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
MILWAUKEE- Some people who came to Milwaukee after Hurricane Katrina decided to stay in the area.
As Hurricane Isaac begins barreling down on New Orleans, it brings back terrifying memories for one Marquette alumnus.
"I remember being in the same situation that a lot people are in today (Tuesday)," said Erin Dempsey to TODAY'S TMJ4. "Evacuating, and not really knowing where they are going and not knowing the time frame."
A native New Mexican, Dempsey was supposed to start her freshman year at Loyola University, but days before classes began, Hurricane Katrina hit.
"I only packed a duffel bag and my computer. I thought I would be gone for a weekend or a week, and it ended up being about four months," explained Dempsey.
That's when Dempsey moved to Milwaukee and transferred to Marquette University. But, she says this week her mind is with those in New Orleans.
"I am with those people in solidarity. I understand what they are going through, and am hoping that it will all turn out OK."
She says with Hurricane Katrina so fresh in everyone's minds, residents are better prepared this time around.
"I think there's a lot more awareness than there was seven years ago."
While Dempsey is keeping a close eye on the forecast, and thoughts with those in the eye of the storm, she says she is now a Wisconsinite.
"I'm getting married to a Wisconsinite in September, so I'm here to stay."
Dempsey started a service program for Marquette students to travel to New Orleans to help rebuild the city. She says she hopes Hurricane Isaac doesn't leave the same kind of damage Hurricane Katrina did.