After Hurricane Katrina, Lubbock became the safe-haven for hundreds of survivors. Most will never forget their time spent here. But for one baby boy, his birth-certificate will always be a reminder.
"Getting out of there was nothing that we were worried about we were ready to leave we didn't care what we had to go through," Lori Days said.
Thirty-seven weeks pregnant, Lori and her husband Mark prepared for the worst.
"We would rather be in the house and have the baby - cause a hurricane can make a pregnant lady go into labor cause the low pressure - then caught in traffic, cause traffic was at standstill and i would have rather not gone into labor in traffic," Lori said.
Only 30 miles away from the Mississippi coast, the expectant parents waited as Hurricane Katrina ravaged the gulf states.
"We would have evacuated beforehand, but it was so crazy people were trying to get out of here," Mark said.
"It happen so fast. We woke up one morning and she was headed our way," Lori said.
After the storm passed and with hospitals at capacity - Mark, Lori and their two dogs made the 15-hour trip to Lubbock where Mark's dad and step-mom live.
"I had to siphon gas out of my truck, bout 15 gallons out of the truck to put in the car," Mark said.
"So we could make it," Lori said.
They did make it. And after about 7 hours of labor Friday, they proudly welcomed their new baby boy.
"I wanted Blake - she wanted Bryce, so we decided to play paper rock scissors and whoever wins gets to pick the name. So i won - so we got Blake," Mark said.
"It's going to be a story to tell him, it's definitely will be a story," Lori said.
Blake was born at UMC Friday night. His parents are staying with family here in Lubbock. New dad Mark is in the Navy and stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. He will return Monday and is scheduled to leave for Iraq on October 5th. Lori and Blake will head back to Mississippi after she is cleared by her doctor.
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