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Pascagoula Sisters Move Back Home For First Time Since Katrina

"We had five feet of water and we had a lot of furniture washed out," says Pascagoula resident Sandra Cooley.

Although flood waters destroyed almost everything inside, Sandra Cooley's home still stands.

"I felt very blessed because they had so many whose homes were 100-years-old that were gone. My house was still here and I could rebuild," says Cooley.

With flood insurance and help from her son, who just happens to be a contractor, Cooley was able to move back into a newly remolded home.

"We are going into the master bedroom now. The wall was broken out under the window over here, which all had to be replaced. All of this is new. And it did clean up real well, since it was tile it looks a whole lot different now," says Cooley.

Across the street, her sister Jean Huyett watches old movies in her newly designed den. Like Cooley, she too had more than five feet of water inside her home.

"I have to get the counter tops in and the sink, but I do have a makeshift camp site in here," says Huyett.

But Huyett is not complaining. She says she's also fortunate to even have a home to come back to.

"It's wonderful, relaxing feeling to know you are back in your own home," says Huyett.

While the two sisters are glad to be back home in Pascagoula, their biggest wish is that one day their neighbors, whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, will come back.

"It feels strange that I should be in my house, and my neighbors are all living in their trailers. I want to say sometimes, 'Hey you! Want to come in and take a bath?' Because I know how that was," says Huyett.

While the two do get lonely with so many neighbors gone, the sisters say at least they have each other.

By Patrice Clark

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