CNN's Koch reflects on Katrina/Irene at Women's Expo

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A former CNN news correspondent and author who was in Hattiesburg Saturday to talk about her book on Hurricane Katrina is also keeping a watchful eye on Hurricane Irene. Kathleen Koch was a featured speaker at the Hub City's first, "Women's Expo."

She talked about her book, Rising from Katrina. It deals with the impact of the storm on her hometown of Bay St. Louis.

She said she's hopeful that friends and family on the East Coast won't experience what folks on the Gulf Coast went through just six years ago.

"It's tough to be here out of harm's way, but now that Irene has gone down to just a category one, I think we're going to be OK," Koch said.

Koch also hosted two CNN documentaries on the aftermath of Katrina.

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