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Woman who evacuated during Hurricane Katrina has trouble returning home

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Ten years ago, Connie Morris left her home in New Orleans, Louisiana and settled in in Memphis.

She said the city has been good to her, she's found gainful employment, but she said it's now time to find her way back home.

Morris said memories of the damage from Hurricane Katrina are far from fading. She was forced to evacuate her flood-ravaged neighborhood when the storm hit in 2005.

"I couldn't believe it," Morris said. "I saw the water line on the outside of the house and I was like, 'that couldn't be true."

Morris recalled the damage both inside and outside of her home.

"Our washing machine was literally almost stuck in the ceiling with the pressure of the water," said Morris.

Morris and more than 60 members of her family moved to Memphis, but hoped to return to New Orleans to rebuild.

"I find myself at least once a month traveling a thousand miles back and forth to New Orleans to be with my family."

Morris said her flood insurance failed her and she's stuck in the bureaucracy of New Orleans' Road to Recovery Program.

"We don't feel like the local government is trying to make it possible for us to come back," said Morris.

Morris said she feels blessed that she was able to build her home in 2006. However, the housing market since crashed and she's upside down on her mortgage. She's unable to sell her home in order to move back to New Orleans.

"We're still stuck with a principal balance of the loan from 2006 and that means we've lost maybe 30 or 40 percent equity.

As another Hurricane Katrina anniversary rolls around, Morris said she's relying on her faith to keep forging ahead on her road back home.

"Over these 10 years that's been the foundation for which I stand, is that God will take care of it and that's my only hope."

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