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"I feel much better today about the levee system and our emergency plans at the state level and city level," he said. "We're much better prepared as a community. You learn from your mistakes. You learn from experience."
The Katrina experience remains engrained in Thornton's memory. His heroic efforts during before, during and after the storm at the Dome were lauded by government and military officials.
The eerie similarities between Katrina and Isaac are not lost on Thornton. He felt an overwhelming sense of déjà vu as he drove to the stadium last Friday night for the Saints' exhibition game against the Houston Texans. The circumstances were almost identical to Katrina, right down to the dates. The Saints hosted the Baltimore Ravens for their penultimate exhibition game on Friday, Aug. 26, 2005. Even the two storms projected tracks were the same.
"If you lived through Katrina you can't help but think back to that time," Thornton said. "It's just the irony of the whole thing: A storm in the Gulf bearing down you a couple of days after a football game. You kind of get a pit in your stomach. It's an eerie feeling and brings back a lot of bad memories."