Recalling the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, seven years later

MILWAUKEE -- On the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, evacuees recalled the storm that changed their lives forever. Seth Myles, a refugee who fled to Milwaukee in 2005, said he has concern for folks on the Gulf Coast who are dealing with the remnants of Isaac.  He said the aftermath can be so troubling and hard to cope with. But Myles is thankful to have made it to Wisconsin and to safety after living through such a harrowing experience.

“I had to stay on my roof for 2 1/2 days me and my dog without food and water. Finally troops came in the paddle boats and rescued me and my dog,” Myles said. He was forced out of his home by flood and storm surge.  Myles said he will never forget the impact Hurricane Katrina caused, “I lost everything, my job, my home, my cars. I got displaced from my family."

He said thankfully, the state of Wisconsin welcomed evacuees with open arms. “Ya’ll gave us this sense to not give up to continue to go on. I’m just so happy there were resources for us, clothing, shelter , jobs, many types of resources helps us make the adjustment so we can stay.”

He hopes his loved ones and former neighbors in New Orleans are shown similar support with Isaac. “I can imagine what they are going through because they are saying to themselves 'are we going through this again?'" Myles added.

The recent hurricane wasn't as menacing, but it still caused rising water to flood homes and high winds created some destruction. But Myles said picking up the pieces isn't easy. He added, “We have senior citizens, geriatrics and children. We have a lot of people that are unable to do anything for themselves and need help.”

While the power gets restored and damage continues to be assessed, Myles said folks on the Gulf Coast need support. “' just feel the pain of the people that are in New Orleans now. I would love to contribute my services and if can help out in anyway,” he added.

Myles is trying to help in his own way. He works as a caterer and said he's coordinating  efforts to bring down food and water because there are some areas that could be sheltering people that are in need of those resources. Fox 6 asked him about pictures or anything he was able to salvage...he said he left with nothing...and literally just had the clothes on his back.