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Katrina evacuee finds new home in South Carolina

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Eriresha Terry-Lewis lost everything in New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina. Seven years later, the teacher is thriving in the Midlands. Eriresha Terry-Lewis lost everything in New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina. Seven years later, the teacher is thriving in the Midlands.
CAYCE, SC (WIS) -

You've likely heard the eerie coincidence by now that Wednesday is the 7 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

After Katrina hit New Orleans, hundreds evacuated and some came here to the Midlands. Some of them never left -- like Eriresha Terry-Lewis.

Lewis, a wife and mom, left her home in the heart of the city and never returned again.

Katrina took it all, so the middle school teacher and her family followed her husband's friend to South Carolina. She found work at Busbee Arts Academy in Cayce. They also found a place to live.

"Habitat for Humanity helped, so it wasn't that bad," Lewis said. "It's just wrapping your mind around you have to do this. This is the new situation." 

Lewis not only succeeded in her new environment, she thrived, earning the title of Teacher of the Year.

And guess what the Louisiana girl teaches?

"South Carolina history," she said.

The Saints fan does go home to visit, but she always marches out.

"After being there two weeks, I think I'm always ready to come home to South Carolina," Lewis said.

Lewis says she is watching Isaac on behalf of her family and friends in hopes they won't lose their homes, too.

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