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Ten year later, Hurricane Katrina survivor recounts rescue, recovery

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BRIDGEPORT TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

Ten years ago today, Deborah Campbell-Henry said it was nothing short of miracle her family survived Hurricane Katrina.

"We were there for days before help came," Campbell-Henry said.

Three days with no water and no food, she said she feels blessed to be alive. For that, she said she’s given her life to God.

"Some good came out of it for me. I wish good came out of it for everyone," Campbell-Henry said.

More than 1,800 people died and millions were displaced, many with no option to leave. But Campbell-Henry got a brand new start in Mid-Michigan.

At her Bridgeport Township home, Campbell-Henry said her mind was in a state of panic.

"It was shut down, it was like I was in a trance," Campbell-Henry said.

Her niece Skiler, who has Autism, at times is still affected. But Campbell-Henry fears her elderly mother may never been the same.

"My mother hasn't talked since Katrina," Campbell-Henry said.

She is now working with the elderly and is happily married. Despite losing everything she owned in New Orleans and helping family overcome the painful memories then and now, Campbell-Henry said her only option moving forward is to keep her faith in God.

"Only God can take a devastating situation like that and make it all good," Campbell-Henry said.

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