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09December 05. New Orleans, Louisiana. Hurricane Katrina Aftermath.
3 1/2 months after the storm, New Orleans continues to bury the victims. 77 year old widow Geneva is embraced by her grandson at the funeral of her husband Vincent Giuffre at Greenwood cemetery. 87 year old Guiffre died in the arms of his 77 yr old wife Geneva in New Orleans East as the flood waters swirled around their kitchen. Geneva placed her cat Patsy in her attic, fully expecting her beloved pet to die. She swam out of her back door, leaving her husband's body floating in the kitchen. She held onto the drain surrounding her house roof and made her way to the front of the building where she clung on to the drainpipe for 3 days. Geneva was rescued by helicopter, taken to Houston. Her frantic family did not learn that she was safe for 4 days. The only thing she was able to save from her house was her wedding ring. Geneva and Vincent had been married 56 years. Miraculously a neighbour saved her cat, discovering it alive 3 weeks after the storm hit. Geneva and her cat now live with her son Gary in Atlanta.
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