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StoryCorps: Rachel Watts and Zeke Martin

Zeke Martin (l) and Rachel Watts

Rachel Martin remembers just about everything about her family's ordeal when Hurricane Katrina hit. She remembers packing up camping gear to ride out the storm at a friend's house that was out of harm's way. She remembers those plans changing dramatically after Katrina left. She and her husband and son, Zeke Martin, were off to Houston for several weeks.

Zeke Martin says he doesn't remember much during the evacuation and the storm's aftermath. But five years later, Zeke shows just how much he does remember of what Katrina took. He and his mother reminisce in a conversation recorded March 26th, when Zeke was almost ten years old, which quickly takes an emotional turn.

ALSO: In this extended conversation, Rachel Watts and her son, Zeke Martin, who was almost ten years old at the time their conversation was recorded March 26, 2009, talk about their life after Hurricane Katrina knocked down their New Orleans home. She remembers being woefully short on clothes and other personal items.

StoryCorps New Orleans interviews were recorded by StoryCorps, a national project to record and collect stories of everyday people. This excerpt was selected and produced by WWNO producer Eileen Fleming, with support from the WWNO Productions Fund and from Villere & Co., managing the investments of New Orleans' families for almost 100 years. Listen again at or at

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