Grand Junction Woman who Survives Katrina returns to Western Colorado

A Grand Junction woman who survived the most destructive hurricane in U.S. History is happy to be home now even though her relatives remain in the affected area. Theresa Mellon was visiting her grandparents in Gulfport Louisiana when the storm hit. She says by the time they got an order to evacuate gale–force winds and torrential rains made it impossible for them to leave their home. She says at first the storm didn't seem so bad even though shingles were blowing off the roof, but as winds topped 95 miles per hour the roof began to go. They spent a day in a cramped bedroom as the storm subsided. She says even after a day without food they were ordered to stay in the remains of their home, but they were forced to find their own way out of the area because of her grandparent's medical needs
the Mellons are still trying to scrape enough money to get the rest of the family to Grand Junction. That's been made more difficult as both have lost their jobs because of asenteeism caused by the stress of the storm. The Mellons have opened an account at a local bank in an attempt to raise the money needed to bring the family together. If you would like to contribute go to the Academy Bank in the North Avenue Wal–Mart and contribute to the Mellon fund.

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