DDH_ICONS Hurricane Katrina

StoryCorps Griot: Surviving Katrina

I can’t replace this place. It’s a part of who we are.

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

When Hurricane Katrina displaced people all throughout New Orleans, many of them flocked to the Superdome for refuge. Police Officer David Duplantier spent a week there while floodwaters rose around them, but people kept coming and help was limited. Reuniting with his wife Melissa was the happiest day of their lives, and they both still deeply love the city of New Orleans and intend to stay for good.