STAMFORD - The fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina striking the Gulf Coast is hitting close to home for some southwestern Connecticut residents.

Echam Thomas, who relocated to Stamford from New Orleans, says he often thinks about families in Louisiana who are still suffering. He says he prays the city is spared another disaster.

Thomas was part of one of several Katrina families who relocated to the state with the help of the Union Baptist Church in Stamford.

He says he is grateful to the hundreds of volunteers who helped and continue to help New Orleans families recover from the storm.