Two Years After Hurricane Katrina, KY Group Still Lending Helping Hand

Two years later, the gulf coast continues to recover from Hurricane Katrina. The water may have receded but the devastation still lingers.

Numerous volunteers from the bluegrass have visited the area since the tragedy to lend a hand. Next month even more will go back. The Lexington Habitat for Humanity is sending teams to Biloxi, Mississippi for four week long trips to continue the rebuilding process.

Steve Combs is a board member for Lexington Habitat. He's made several trips to the gulf coast and seen the devastation up close.

"When I left last December it seemed like they were just getting their feet under them. So I'm really hoping they made progress. Any of these things will take a long time 10 years or more before this and they may never fully recover," Combs said.

He says when you meet someone who lived through the disaster it changes the way you look at things.

"You can do work but when you are side by side with family and hear their story and what they had to go through it really touches you and you feel inspired to go again and again."

"We can never do things fast enough. It'll be interesting to see the progress first hand account in September. Hopefully some lessons to be learned to better prepare for the next disaster," said Combs.

Combs says he hopes by seeing the stories on TV on this 2nd anniversary it will remind people that the area is still in need of help.

Habitat is still accepting volunteers for the trips next month. Contact Habitat at 859-252-2224 to sign up, no experience is needed to participate.

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