New Orleans Mayor: Houstonians Opened Up Their Arms For Hurricane Katrina Victims

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu visited Houston Thursday to thank the city for hosting evacuees from Hurricane Katrina.


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Houston is the second of two stops on Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s “Thank You Tour.”

He visited Atlanta on Wednesday.

At Houston City Hall, Landrieu held a press conference with Mayor Annise Parker, her predecessor Bill White, former Harris County Judge Robert Eckels and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston.

“You know, when something bad happens to folks and they need a place to go, some people say there’s no room at the inn,” Landrieu said. “But that’s not what the people of Houston did. Houston opened up their arms.”

Bill White responded that Houstonians 10 years ago treated the evacuees as they would want to be treated in a similar situation.

Landrieu also had a message for former New Orleans residents:

“I want all of you to know that you’re all welcome to come home,” he said. “New Orleans will always be your home. A lot of people have decided to stay put, either here or Atlanta or other places. And you know what, that’s fine too, because we’re one America.”

Later that evening, Landrieu attended a commemorative service at New Home Ministries, where he was to talk some of the people from New Orleans who have made Houston their home.

Katrina made landfall in New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005, as a Category 3 hurricane. The Astrodome hosted about 25,000 evacuees, most of who were bused directly from the Superdome in New Orleans.

It’s estimated that tens of thousands of people relocated to the Houston area after Katrina.

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Florian Martin

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