Local survives Katrina's fury
OR three days Lew Fellowes wondered how his sister was coping in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina which devasted New Orleans this week.
He needn't have worried.
Debbie Fellowes obviously knew how to look after herself. Debbie, 28, was one of hundreds of tourists, including Australian travellers, who were stranded in New Orleans after the hurricane struck the coastal areas in the Gulf of Mexico.
Yesterday her family, including her parents Warren and Diane Fellowes who are currently baby-sitting Debbie's house in Southport on the Gold Coast, spoke to her and found out she was safe in Dallas.
"We weren't particularly worried about her safety, but having said that it did not make for a good night's sleep either,'' he said. Lew and his family were holidaying in Townsville when his sister was going through her ordeal in New Orleans.
He admitted he was considering cutting the holiday short "and hopping on a plane and going over''.
His father Warren said they were grateful and relieved to learn from their daughter yesterday that she was safely away from New Orleans.
Debbie had not been in the area of the city struck by the hurricane, but New Orleans became flooded after the failure of a number of levees along the Mississippi River. Following the hurricane Debbie and a Southport girlfriend had to leave the hotel they were staying in because of government evacuation measures.
"Fortunately she and her friend were able to find another hotel to stay in,'' Warren said.