- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 11, 2005

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Talk about a whirlwind romance.

Howard Chenevert and Julie Morgan met at a staging area for evacuees of Hurricane Katrina beside Interstate 10 after floodwaters forced them from their New Orleans homes. They got to know each other on a bus ride to a shelter in Houston.

They got married Sept. 19 in Lake Charles, La., where a relative offered them a place to stay until Hurricane Rita closed in.

Their honeymoon has been at a motel in Irondale, a Birmingham suburb, courtesy of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has put them up for the past two weeks.

The new bride said she noticed from the start that her fellow evacuee was a gentleman.

“He carried my suitcase for me when the buses picked us up beside I-10,” she said in Friday’s Birmingham News.

Mr. Chenevert, 52, who had not married, and his 48-year-old bride, whose husband died a few years ago, lived about three miles from each other in New Orleans.

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