Dallas native considers evacuating New Orleans as Isaac inches closer

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by JASON WHITELY

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Posted on August 27, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 4 at 6:31 AM

NEW ORLEANS – There seems to be more uncertainty than anxiety on Monday evening as Tropical Storm Isaac moves closer to New Orleans.

The hurricane warning here has made this city weary – but watchful.

“There’s a buzz of ‘What should we do. Should we evacuate? Should we stay?,’” said Rebecca Crenshaw, 27.

With salvaged doors and worn wood from an old home, she and two friends are boarding up a private gallery they’re building in the Ninth Ward.

“If we need to leave we’re either going to go back to Dallas with my parents or to Baton Rouge,” Crenshaw added. 

She grew up in Garland and attended Dallas ISD’s Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. But she left Dallas for New Orleans to help rebuild after Katrina.

Unlike most, she stayed.

News 8 viewers first met her two years ago when Crenshaw used plastic chickens to teach her elementary students how to hold a violin. The 27-year-old said she still teaches with them.

Hurricane Katrina’s scars remain visible in this Ninth Ward neighborhood where she’s opening the gallery.

Some old homes still stand abandoned. Paint that searchers sprayed on facades are fading but remain discernible.

Hurricane Katrina left four feet of water in Crenshaw’s soon-to-open gallery and no one knows what Isaac will bring. 

“We hope that nothing happens. We hope that windows aren’t broken and roofs aren’t blown off,” Crenshaw said. 

She has seen what a hurricane can do but never experienced the fury of one firsthand. 

Crenshaw and her friends are waiting for a more focused forecast before deciding whether to wait on Isaac or just leave him alone with their investment.

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