She's a remarkably strong woman and gave an interview to GMTV on the morning she was due to fly back home, at the time not knowing whether her sister and some of her other family members were alive or not. Fortunately they all were and she faced the tough challenge of helping to get her city back together in the wake of the chaos, looting, death and floods which followed the hurricane.
She was in great spirits last night and bought us all an enormous amount of Mardi Gras beads. The Mardi Gras was a sign that things are gradually beginning to get back to some semblance of order and normality in New Orleans, and a number of other people in The Garrick Arms pub where we all met, also joined in the celebrations and draped themselves in beads too.
Here's Jenni and Jon slightly weighed down by the beads:
Anthony Dust Masker Smith looked fairly blinged up to the max
Chris Searle wearing the most beads of the night and Chris Presswell on the right discussing more Tube Challenge plans
Neil and Fimb deep in conversation
Neil and Pete Lupton with a bit more bling:
And finally, a blurry picture of Steve, Chris and Sam
It was great to see Tami again and to meet her husband, niece and her husband who also came over.