Couple runs out of food, water

By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY

THE situation has gone from bad to worse for a Rockhampton couple stranded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Kathy-Rae Smith, 30, spoke to her parents, Tim and Joanne Miller, yesterday morning.

She said the two, who have been staying underneath a foot bridge in New Orleans, have run out of food and fresh water.

"They sounded desperate when we talked to them,'' she said. "They want to come home.''

The Rockhampton couple was staying with a group of about 40 tourists under the bridge, and Ms Smith said people are already becoming ill.

"People are beginning to vomit and are getting sick,'' she said.

"The food left in the area has become contaminated.''

Allana Gregson, Mrs Miller's sister, said the family feels completely helpless.

Her family is also receiving conflicting stories, she said.

The Australian Embassy had called and told them their parents were safe and had food.

But this was only a few hours after they had talked with them.

But Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten, who spoke with the family yesterday, said he was doing everything he could to ensure they were safe.

"We will speak to the trade commission in Los Angeles to see what they are able to do,'' he said.



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