Mid-Missouri Native Replants Roots in New Orleans

1 decade 2 years 4 months ago Thursday, March 23 2006 Mar 23, 2006 Thursday, March 23, 2006 7:50:57 PM CST March 23, 2006 in News

Katrina ripped out trees and smashed them into homes. Half a year later, not much is cleaned up. Now, someone with mid-Missouri roots is planting the seeds of change through Tulane's Green Club.

"You can try to hold onto stuff," Laura Pavecevic-Johnston of Moberly, Mo., "but that's not ever going to work."

Liz Davey, another club member, added, "We've heard stories about how people lost their trees, one of the things most upsetting to people when they get back."

Signs to get rid of debris are all over neighborhoods because uprooted trees are still there, six months later. Through the Green Club, Pavicevic-Johnston helps others deal with the storm's aftermath.

"We have all been down because of the hurricane," explained New Orleans resident Charles Reith. "There was just this period of grayness and gloom that lingered. Even when you couldn't come back to the city, you heard about how many trees were down and how the city just looked so terrible without them. I feel it's something we can do."

Pavicevic-Johnston left the Tulane campus last August to escape Katrina.

"I left with a backpack. So did a lot of kids," she recalled. "The few months I was at home, I didn't really have anything."

But, Pavicevic-Johnston found higher, drier ground at Mizzou, closer to her Moberly home. MU also offered free tuition, familiarity and family.

"I was really well taken care of, compared to so many people in the city," she added.

One semester later, Pavicevic-Johnson returned to New Orleans, hoping to help rebuild the city.

"I'm really glad to come back as a student to see how many ways people can get involved, helping others," she said. "There's been a number of people here who said, 'Well, I'm not going to live long enough to see this tree get that big,' but I really want to get this started."

University officials say nine out every 10 Tulane students have returned to campus.

At 10:00 p.m. Wednesday, on "Return to Ruin," KOMU will tell you about the Missouri National Guard's role in rebuilding a New Orleans suburb.

More News

Grid
List
AUDRAIN COUNTY - A man who found a dog "hopping" along Highway 54 with his legs and muzzle taped says... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, August 13 2018 Aug 13, 2018 Monday, August 13, 2018 9:47:00 PM CDT August 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a 9-cent increase in the operating tax rate ceiling... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, August 13 2018 Aug 13, 2018 Monday, August 13, 2018 8:00:00 PM CDT August 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Mugs Up Drive In's manager said the restaurant is back in tiptop shape after a power line accident... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, August 13 2018 Aug 13, 2018 Monday, August 13, 2018 6:49:00 PM CDT August 13, 2018 in News
MACON – A viral tweet is prompting the Missouri State Highway Patrol to warn people to call 911 if they... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, August 13 2018 Aug 13, 2018 Monday, August 13, 2018 6:20:00 PM CDT August 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Living Canvas, a tattoo, body piercing and art gallery on Broadway, is shutting its doors earlier than it... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, August 13 2018 Aug 13, 2018 Monday, August 13, 2018 3:09:00 PM CDT August 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia City Council members said the city has reached a financial tipping point and now they have until... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, August 13 2018 Aug 13, 2018 Monday, August 13, 2018 2:21:00 PM CDT August 13, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Democrats have voted to ditch a recently added tenet aimed at welcoming anti-abortion candidates. ... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, August 13 2018 Aug 13, 2018 Monday, August 13, 2018 2:05:07 PM CDT August 13, 2018 in News
MEXICO - Gov. Parson is traveling through the northeastern part of Missouri this week and he started his travels in... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, August 13 2018 Aug 13, 2018 Monday, August 13, 2018 1:44:00 PM CDT August 13, 2018 in News
MISSION HILLS, Kan. (AP) — A couple from a Kansas City suburb alleges that a $90 million billing scheme found... More >>
15 hours ago Monday, August 13 2018 Aug 13, 2018 Monday, August 13, 2018 12:03:00 PM CDT August 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — Missouri taxpayers may be covering $884,000 in legal fees for a Columbia church's U.S. Supreme Court case... More >>
15 hours ago Monday, August 13 2018 Aug 13, 2018 Monday, August 13, 2018 11:28:00 AM CDT August 13, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A ballot measure attempting to limit union powers helped drive Missouri's largest voter turnout for a... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, August 13 2018 Aug 13, 2018 Monday, August 13, 2018 11:20:58 AM CDT August 13, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The FBI has fired Peter Strzok, an agent who was removed from the Russia probe last year for... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, August 13 2018 Aug 13, 2018 Monday, August 13, 2018 11:11:24 AM CDT August 13, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- President Donald Trump said it's "great" that consumers might boycott Harley-Davidson if it moves some motorcycle production overseas.... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, August 13 2018 Aug 13, 2018 Monday, August 13, 2018 11:07:39 AM CDT August 13, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A new state law aims to reduce the number of Missouri residents driving vehicles with expired... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, August 13 2018 Aug 13, 2018 Monday, August 13, 2018 11:02:50 AM CDT August 13, 2018 in News
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — A 10-week-old Missouri girl has died after being left inside a hot vehicle. The Southeast... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, August 13 2018 Aug 13, 2018 Monday, August 13, 2018 10:56:06 AM CDT August 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Officials say a house caught fire Sunday afternoon because of improperly disposed smoking materials. Three people were... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, August 13 2018 Aug 13, 2018 Monday, August 13, 2018 10:20:00 AM CDT August 13, 2018 in News
(CNN) - One winter afternoon last year, Duane Engebretson sat in his stepdaughter's hospital room at the Mayo Clinic in... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, August 13 2018 Aug 13, 2018 Monday, August 13, 2018 7:43:29 AM CDT August 13, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A fleeing Kansas City driver has been charged with manslaughter in a deadly crash. ... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, August 13 2018 Aug 13, 2018 Monday, August 13, 2018 7:35:39 AM CDT August 13, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 70°
4am 73°
5am 72°
6am 71°
7am 71°