Rocky couple beat Katrina

By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY

FOR three nights Kelly-Rae Smith and Tamara Miller have laid awake worrying about their parents who are stranded in flood-devastated New Orleans.

For the first time in days the Rockhampton sisters were finally able to speak with their parents, Tim and Joanne Miller, yesterday morning.

"They do not sound as distressed as we are,'' said KellyRae, 30.

"They are sheltering underneath a foot bridge.''

The Rockhampton couple, who were travelling in the United States for five weeks, were kicked out of their Holiday Inn Hotel room after floodwaters threatened the French Quarter suburb where they were staying.

Unfortunately, the two had no where to go and had to walk many kilometres before finding safe refuge.

Now, all the sisters want is their parents back home, but said both the Australian and United States governments have done little to help their parents.

"They are sheltering right in front of the National Guard,'' Tamara, 27, said.

"But they won't let them in.''

Tamara is so depserate to help her parents she is even willing to put her own life in jeopardy.

"We are giving it until Friday and then I am going to go over there,'' she said.



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