Katrina Families Adjust to Life in Iowa

By Mark Geary, Reporter
Story Created: Aug 28, 2006 at 8:13 PM CST

CEDAR RAPIDS — Thirteen evacuee families are still living in Cedar Rapids apartments provided by the Mid-American Housing Partnership.

The families are adjusting to life in Iowa, but some are also hitting a few roadblocks with the government.

Things are getting back to normal for the Bell family, but they still miss Louisiana. The family moved to Iowa last year right after Hurricane Katrina hit.

“I don’t dwell on what happened because if you think about it, it’s very depressing,” Terrone Bell said.

Now, the kids are excelling at school and impressing their parents.

“When we got here, they were teaching them Spanish. We didn’t get taught Spanish until 7th or 8th grade,” Terrone said.

While the kids sort through spelling tests and math problems, mom and dad are dealing with more complex issues.

“It’s a lot of things they put you through. A lot of red, red tape,” Rhonda Bell said.