"The decision to stay here in Chattanooga was almost a no brainer, because having small kids, pretty much babies at the time and having to struggle like some of my fellow New Orleanians did in order to rebuild their lives seemed to be a lot tougher than I was willing to do with my life at that time," said Mike Adams.
Mike Adams and his family evacuated to Chattanooga before the hurricane and decided to make Chattanooga home, and he says it is still hard for him to wrap his head around it.
"At this point, it is still…I still wake up coming to work down Hixson Pike, and it’s like, wow I live in Chattanooga now."
New Orleans is a city filled with culture that you just don’t find anywhere else. The rebuilding process has not been a quick or easy. The city’s current population is about 79% of the number who lived there in the years before Katrina.
The quote, "Bloom where you’re planted," has taken new meaning for many native New Orleaneans. While many of those displaced by the storm may never move back, New Orleans will always be home to the many who relocated after Katrina. We all know what it means to miss New Orleans.
Adams said, "It’s always gonna be my city. It’s in my blood. It’s part of my heart, and I will always be a New Orleanian."
As the recovery continues in the city that has music and food etched in its very fibers, I have no doubt that the city will "Laissez Les Bon Temp Roulez," let the good times roll.