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Hurricane Families Head for the Heartland

Hurricane Families Head for the Heartland
By: Holly Brantley

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO --Erica Dunn calls Slidell, Louisiana, home. But, when a Hurricane strikes, she rounds up her five quintuplets and five year old daughter, and they head for their second home in Cape Girardeau.

We first introudced you to the Dunn's when they fled Hurricane Ivan. Sunday the family returned to the Heartland again, this time to get out of Katrina's way. However, they are not complete. Dad is a state trooper and has to stay behind to help the people that didn't leave.

"I have to do it by myself," said Erica, "But it's not a surprise, when knew when storms hit this is how it would be."

The family spends most of the their time here watching television for any news from their hometown, and waiting to hear from dad.

"We just put it in God's hands," said Erica.

Despite the danger of living on the Gulf, Erica says the family can't imagine living anywhere else.

"It's home, it's a beautiful place, and it's where we've decided to raise our family."

Meanwhile, the Nickel family is also riding out the storm with family in Cape Girardeau. Their hometown is Kenner, Louisiana, about 15 minute from New Orleans.

Jeff, his wife Karen, and their two daughters, Sabrina and Cheyenne, left everything in their apartment. But they brought along the priceless things, family pictures, and their two cats.

"We don't know what we're going to find when we get home." said Jeff. "There could be nothing."

Both families will stay in Cape Girardeau until they hear it is safe to journey home.

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