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Pleasant Grove Neighborhood Welcomes Hurricane Victim's Family

Pleasant Grove Neighborhood Welcomes Hurricane Victim's Family



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Dick Nourse reporting Pleasant Grove, Utah, is a long way from New Orleans, Louisiana. But tonight it's home to a family uprooted by Hurricane Katrina, thanks to a neighborhood which pulled out their wallets and put out the welcome mat.

Cathy Phipps was shaking as she toured her new home. FEMA is paying the rent, but the neighborhood got together to furnish the home.

It's all there. A bedroom for Cathy. Bunk beds. A bathroom with towels and everything. A kitchen. Study room with computer.

And bikes. Mom and kids took them for a spin.

Some of the neighbors went out to greet evacuees when they arrived from Louisiana. A Pleasant Grove couple took a liking to Cathy Phipps.

Cathy Phipps/ Evacuee: "I met them when I got off the plane. They was good then, and now I'm in Pleasant Grove. Look at the beautiful kids, the beautiful people. Oh, this is unbelievable."

The signs say it all: Welcome Phipps Family to your Utah Home.

Cathy says she'll bring a little bit of New Orleans to her new neighborhood.

Cathy Phipps: "I owe you guys some red beans and cornbread. I owe it to all you, some bbq ribs and fried chicken. I owe it all to you."

Low-Book Auto Sales of Pleasant Grove also got into the act. They gave the Phipps a 2002 Pontiac Firebird.

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