DDH_ICONS Hurricane Katrina

Bobby Brown and Rufus Burkhalter

We stayed together and we did what we had to do to try to protect the city.

If you are experiencing emotional distress or other mental health concerns after a disaster, the Disaster Distress Helpline is here for you 24/7/365:


Or, text 1-800-985-5990.
For TTY Users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-985-5990

Bobby Brown and Rufus Burkhalter have been coworkers for 20 years at a pump station in New Orleans. Despite the danger and tragedy they witnessed during their work when Hurricane Katrina hit, they’re both still deeply committed to the city they love and the people in it.