Margie Vicknair-Pray and Luann Wenthold have been friends for 30 years. That bond became even stronger as Margie helped Luann slog through her Lakeview home after Hurricane Katrina. All was lost. But the struggles to come in weeks and years ahead involved strangers who were unsympathetic. And the insurance companies who fought paying claims for damages.
In this conversation, Margie and Luann remember some tough times, but an unexpected, life-affirming celebration provided by a football team. Luann begins with a special thanks.
This conversation was recorded March 19th. In this segment of the StoryCorps recordings, a Common Ground volunteer talks with two residents of the Lower Ninth Ward about how the community is coping with rebuilding.
Nick Karel speaks with J.F. "Smitty" Smith and Ward "Mac" McClendon about how a close relationship evolved between the volunteers and the residents.
This recording was made March 18, 2010. Pam Mathews and her friend, Jo Lincks, were nurses at Memorial Medical Center when Hurricane Katrina hit. Pam's husband, Roy, an accountant, decided to ride out the storm at the hospital. They worked in the neonatal intensive care unit, and made sure the babies under their care got out safe - about an hour before all generator power failed. Jo starts off the conversation about what happened next.