This week marks the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The devastating storm destroyed hundreds of homes and properties along the Gulf Coast (specifically in Louisiana and Mississippi), leaving thousands homeless.
When the rising waters caused New Orleans’ levees to fail flooding a large portion of the city, a large portion of the city’s population searched for new homes in other places.
Between 2005 and 2006 hundreds of families traveled to the Tri-Cities region, in hopes of starting over.
News Channel 11 went in search of some of those families to find out if any of them still call the Tri-Cities home.
That search led News Channel 11’s Micah Smith to the Moore family.
“We moved up here without any friends, family, any jobs, nothing. We moved up here just on faith,” said Brian Moore.
Brian Moore and his wife Jessica own Little Hoot Boutique and The Nest in Johnson City.
For more than a decade the Moore’s lived between Baton Rouge, LA and New Orleans, LA.
Jessica Moore said the hurricane caused minor damage to their home, but the storms aftermath caused his family to think long and hard about moving.
“We had an infant at the time. There were no diapers or formula or anything like that to be found. If you were to go to Wal-Mart to get groceries you’d wait outside in line for a couple of hours,” said Jessica Moore.
Jessica Moore was born and raised in Louisiana and leaving was the last thing she says she wanted to do.
“After Hurricane Katrina we knew that we needed to get out of town.”
So the Moore’s began looking for a new home and after a friends suggested a visit to Johnson City, the family took the trip.
“We came up for the weekend and we looked at homes we looked at the school systems. Just looked at the area overall and just fell in love, couldn’t find anything we didn’t like,” said Brian Moore.
The first few months were hard, Brian Moore worked 3 jobs for several months before finding more permanent employment.
Brian and Jessica Moore both said they miss Louisiana and they visit every chance they get.
“It’s still a big part of our lives and a big part of our history and so we like to keep that alive in our children’s lives too,” said Jessica Moore.
Brian and Jessica Moore said most of the families that moved here around the time they did decided to go back home to Louisiana.
But the Moore’s said the Tri-Cities region is the place they want to be.
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