Louder Than Thunder




You’ve heard stories of how Hurricane Katrina victims looted stores, abused little girls and turned to violence in the Superdome in New Orleans.  However, there were thousands of unsung heroes, regular, everyday people who rescued neighbors – whole families – from the rising waters of Lake Pontchartrain and the Gulf Coast when the levees broke. Here are a few of those stories that follow Cheryl and Emile Hawkins as they were rescued from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and began their new lives in metro Atlanta. This book contains actual events chronicled from Cheryl’s diary as she journeyed with her father through the devastation of the hurricane and its aftermath.


1.  Before the hurricane — Cheryl, what if you went to sleep one night and woke up the next morning and your life was completely different?  Nothing was the same and it never will be again.  What if all the places you frequently go to now suddenly became non-existent and you had no more contact with the people that you usually see every day?  How would you handle this?

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2.  After the first 24 hours of the storm I picked up the phone to call my family in Georgia, but the phone was DEAD!  There was NOTHING except that deafening silence – a silence that was louder than thunder. My heart dropped to my toes.

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3.  There are probably hundreds of unsung heroes that have risen to the occasion during this storm.  But they don’t have public relations managers to get them on TV to publicize the great things they’ve done to help hurricane victims. They don’t have the clout to televise how they risked their lives to save hundreds of others as they themselves were still victims of the hurricane.  But they are still heroes and my hat goes off to them.

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