New Orleans Residents Flee To St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-- Mark Poepsel and his wife Gaby and their 6 month old son Sammy are safe and sound in Mark’s hometown of Washington, Missouri.  The family fled New Orleans just days before Hurricane Isaac hit.  Mark is a digital journalism professor at Loyola University in New Orleans.  His wife also works at the school.  Mark said, “I think we took a cue from other people who evacuated before.  With kids it’s a good idea to get out of the city they were telling us it’s a good idea to get out even if you’re not afraid for your life.”

 As they keep a close eye on weather reports they’ve already learned the power is out in their New Orleans neighborhood.  Gaby Poepsel  said, “I was a little worried I think I pushed Mark a little to evacuate sooner than later.”

The family dog Rusty also made the trip north.  Growing up in the Midwest Mark has endured countless tornado watches and warnings, a different kind of dangerous weather.  Mark said, “With a hurricane you have a lot time to see it coming and to kind of wait and watch for a long time.”

In Soulard at Riverbend Restaurant Sam Kogos and his father Ted keep a close watch on events down south.  Sam is a New Orleans native and owns the restaurant.  His father moved her from Louisiana when Hurricane Katrina hit.  They’re confident their family members who still live there will be okay.  Ted Kogos said, “They’re going to be alright they okay my son and my sister that’s down there they alright.”  Sam Kogos added, “The real concern is the water, because like I said the ground is saturated because of the rain they’ve been getting for the past six weeks and with the storm moving so slow 7 to 8 miles per hour.”

Sam Kogos use to own a restaurant in New Orleans, the place was flooded to the ceiling by Hurricane Katrina.

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