All eyes were fixed on the television at the St. Germain house as Isaac barreled through New Orleans Wednesday afternoon.
It's a reminder of what brought them to Kingsport seven years ago. Sherrie St. Germain and her family evacuated their home near New Orleans in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina devastated all they knew.
"The most difficult thing for me was when I kissed my house goodbye. I kissed the doorframe, because I knew we would have to have it demolished," said Sherrie St. Germain as she remembered the evacuation.
Sherrie told News 5, this year the memories of that day are even more painful. "Every year it's hard, but this year it's especially hard on our entire family because of Isaac, because it just brings back so many memories. It's just like we're experiencing it all over again," Sherrie explained.
The youngest of the family, Jenna, was just six years old when the family fled to the hills of East Tennessee. Even for her it's the low country that's on her mind. "My friends right now, I'm texting them. They're worried, but I'm more worried about them. I don't want to lose any more friends in New Orleans," Jenna said.
The St. Germains have lived in Kingsport for seven years now, though they said this city will never be their real home. "What I would hope in seven years would be for you to find me back in St. Benard Parish," said Sherrie.
But making that move takes time and money, and maybe even a bit of courage. But for this family, even in the middle of a hurricane, there's just one place they wish they could be.
When News 5 asked Sherrie if she wanted to be in Louisiana during Isaac's stay, she quickly responded, "Yes, yes."
The St. Germain’s also shared with us that they hope to be able to move back toward New Orleans in the next year. But while they miss their home now, they will never regret evacuating. Sherrie said they lost some friends and family during that deadly storm in 2005.