‘Apocalyptic’: Ida evacuation brings back memories for Charlotte Katrina refugee

CHARLOTTE — Tropical Storm Ida tore through the Gulf and the remnants of the storm continue to churn through the Southeast.

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The Ida evacuation out of Louisiana brought back difficult memories for a Hurricane Katrina refugee who now lives in Charlotte.

“There are sounds, smells and things I experienced 16 years ago that I will never forget,” Tearle Lee said.

Lee said that he experiences those feelings every day.

“It was apocalyptic at best,” he told Channel 9.

>> In the video at the top of this page, Lee speaks with reporter Ken Lemon about what he saw when Katrina ravaged his hometown and his hope for victims from Ida.

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(Watch the video below: Volunteers with Samaritan’s Purse head to Louisiana to help after Hurricane Ida)