LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Ironically, Isaac made landfall just hours before the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It brought back some bad memories for those who experienced the devastating hurricane that killed hundreds and flooded the Gulf coast.
Those shocking images of Hurricane Katrina and her devastation are still fresh on the minds of many who watched this terrible piece of history unfold. UK professor Greg Graf was apart of a team that helped in the recovery efforts after Katrina and says watching Isaac brought back bad memories.
"We were apart of the United Methodist Church Disaster Recovery team. It's not a response team so it's rebuilding. Mucking out houses and that sort of thing. We went down with UMCORE to Pascagoula, Mississippi. Five weeks after the storm the place was still in quite disarray at the time," says Graf.
It was Graf's first time experiencing a hurricane. "The scale of it all was overwhelming we weren't talking about a large tornado that was a mile wide. This thing went all the way from near Mobile to New Orleans. In all directions you looked it was damage," says Graf.
The widespread destruction of Katrina and the fact that many are still rebuilding has caused residents along the gulf to take Isaac very seriously.
"I suspect that even if another storm like Katrina came through the Gulf coast that the extent of the damage would not be as bad because I think that part of the country is far better prepared today than they were in 2005," adds Graf.
United Methodist will be on stand by ready to assist if the need arises.