Madison Student Outruns Hurricane

By: NBC 15
By: NBC 15

Hurricane Katrina may have hit land hundreds of miles away, but some Wisconsin families have been directly affected.

Maureen Flanagan's daughter Anne just graduated from Madison East High School. She was in New Orleans for a Tulane freshman orientation when word of the storm hit. Lucky for Anne and her family, she was rescued by a new friend's mother, who rented a car and got them out of town just in time.

Maureen says living in Wisconsin, all she could do was watch and wait. "I just felt totally helpless and frustrated that I couldn't go down there and do something and yet I knew I couldn't so it was really scary."

Maureen says they've been told classes won't start until at least September 7th.

For now, Anne is staying in the Florida panhandle.

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