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A Journey of Hope. A True Story of Nick and Bugs. Bugs is a special rabbit. Bugs came to live with his owner, Nick Hebert in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2004. Bugs lives in a big rabbit cage.

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A Journeyof Hope

A True Story ofNick and Bugs



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Bugs came to live with his owner, Nick Hebert in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2004. Bugs lives in a big rabbit cage.


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Bugs and Nick are best friends. Bugs stayed in his cage in Nick’s room. Nick took care of him.


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On August 27 in Nick’s room. Nick took care of him.th Nick Hebert and his family had to evacuate from their home in New Orleans because Hurricane Katrina was headed their way. Hurricane Katrina hit on August 29th.


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Nick’s mom and family left Bugs food in his cage not for him to be hungry until they returned.


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Nick’s family went to stay at his grandparent’s home in New Roads, Louisiana until Hurricane Katrina left New Orleans.


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Hurricane Katrina was very powerful. Flood waters caused the levees to break in New Orleans. The water went almost to the ceiling in Nick and Bugs’ house.


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Nick and his family could not get home to check on Bugs. The water stayed at 7 feet in their house for a long time.


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Nick and his family were all very, very sad. They thought Bugs had drowned with all the water in their house. There was water everywhere!


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Then Nick and his family went to live with his mom’s family in Erath, Louisiana. Their home was still flooded.


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Nick and his twin sister Emily started at Erath Middle because they could not return home. Nick still missed Bugs very much and thought about him often.


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On Thursday, September 22, 2005, another Hurricane was headed toward Louisiana. So the schools dismissed early and Nick’s family evacuated again. This was Hurricane Rita.


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Everyone went to Nick’s dad’s parents in New Roads, Louisiana to be safe from Hurricane Rita.


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Everyone was now worried about Hurricane Rita flooding Erath and Vermilion Parish. Nick missed Bugs even more. Even though she was going to hit Texas, people knew the area would be flooded.


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Nick’s grandparent’s home in Erath did not flood, but most homes and the three Erath schools did.



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On October 6, school started again. Nick and his sister had the same teachers, but they were in a different school again. Nick still thought of Bugs a lot and missed him.


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On Saturday, October 8, 2005 Nick’s parents were finally allowed to go back and see their damaged house. The damages were horrible.


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When Nick’s mom got to Nick’s room everything was knocked down. His bunk bed was flipped over by the large amount of water.



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Nick’s mom started to look for Bugs. Then she suddenly saw him move. Bugs was still alive! She picked him up and made Bugs feel safe. Bugs was still scared about the storm. Bugs had stayed safe in his cage for 42 days!


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Nick’s mom and dad gave him some safe water. Then they realized that the plastic bottom of Bugs’ cage helped him float in the flooded water and saved his life.


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They stopped at Burger King and a lady who worked there, gave Bugs free lettuce. Then Nick’s Mom and Dad brought Bugs to Erath for Nick to hold him again. Nick was so excited and happy to hold his rabbit again.


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Nick and Bugs had a happy reunion. gave Bugs free lettuce. Then Nick’s Mom and Dad brought Bugs to Erath for Nick to hold him again. Nick was so excited and happy to hold his rabbit again.


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THE END gave Bugs free lettuce. Then Nick’s Mom and Dad brought Bugs to Erath for Nick to hold him again. Nick was so excited and happy to hold his rabbit again.

Written and created by Nick’s Hebert Aunt Stacy Bodin and Great Aunt Beth Hebert.


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Factual Information gave Bugs free lettuce. Then Nick’s Mom and Dad brought Bugs to Erath for Nick to hold him again. Nick was so excited and happy to hold his rabbit again.

  • Nick Hebert is the son of Thomas and Janine (Bodin) Hebert. The family lost their home and all of it’s contents during Hurricane Katrina’s visit to New Orleans on August 27, 2005. Nick has a twin sister named Emily. Both attend St. Pius Elementary in New Orleans. During the two months they evacuated they attended Erath Middle School in Erath, Louisiana. His maternal grandparents are Larson “Cap” and Gertie (Hebert) Bodin of Erath. His paternal grandparents are Avit and Penny (Bergeron) Hebert of New Roads, Louisiana. The story of Bugs and Nick is a true story. The home in New Orleans was located at 1370 Mithra Street. Seven feet of flood waters from the broken levee after Hurricane Katrina hit remained for over three weeks in the Hebert home.


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