Five Utahns Get Caught in Hurricane Katrina

Five Utahns Get Caught in Hurricane Katrina

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Five Utah residents are safe this morning after getting caught in Hurricane Katrina during a visit to New Orleans.

The group of Utahns were attending an emergency medical services conference in downtown New Orleans when the Category Four storm tore through the city. Katrina ripped off roofs, flooded streets and grounded airplane travel.

Among the group of five were Von and RaNae Draheim of Roy, Paul J. Hansen of Kaysville, Debbie Marigoni of Hooper and Terry North of Salt Lake City.

The Draheim's daughter, Angie Conley, says her parents and the other three were forced to take shelter at a New Orleans hotel.

Angie talked to her mother by cell phone yesterday morning before losing contact with her. In their short conversation, Conley said her mother indicated the storm was "scary" but they were secure from the storm.

Conley says the group was suppose to come back Sunday morning but Delta began canceling flights Saturday night. She says she has no idea when they can come home.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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