You’ve heard stories about how Hurricane Katrina victims looted stores, abused little girls, and turned to violence in the Superdome in New Orleans. However, not many people have told you of the thousands of unsung heroes, regular, everyday people who rescued neighbors-whole families-from the rising waters of Lake Pontchartrain and the Gulf Coast as the levees broke.


Cheryl provides a very personal and poignant account of this devastating event. I recommend it!

~ Janet W., Amazon customer

The author’s tenacity was encouraging. A memorable and easy read!

~  Amazon customer

This book is well worth your time and investment. The journey is real and leaves you with hope. Great book. Quick read

~  Sharon, Amazon customer

Cheryl K. Hawkins


Cheryl Hawkins was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated from Oral Roberts University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Telecommunications. She later attended graduate school and obtained a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of New Orleans in 1992 and has been an elementary school teacher for over twenty-five years. She has spent forty-five years of her life living in New Orleans, being active in her church and participating in several outreach ministries across the city. However, on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina changed all that! Once she was rescued, she realized that she would never again return to the life she once knew. She now resides in suburban Atlanta, Georgia with the rest of her family members. The book, LOUDER THAN THUNDER, is a culmination of experiences that she wrote about in her diary as she encountered the storm.


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