Often described as a war-zone, Marshall County Chief Deputy David Maddox reflects on what he saw and heard on the streets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit the city 10 years ago.
"Not only were the streets flooded, trash was piling up. There was human excrement everywhere," Maddox said.
He was part of a local team that drove buses down to help with relief efforts. Staged at the Super Dome, where thousands were living, Maddox provided them a way out, but it came with heartbreak. "Children would get on one bus, and the parents may be on a bus going somewhere else and not know," he recalled.
Maddox said food and gas were scarce throughout the city, and there were fights and even shootings over basic necessities like bottled water. "There was a riot over food not far from behind where our buses were," Maddox said.
About 100 people boarded the buses to west Kentucky, including pregnant women. "We had diabetics who hadn't had their insulin in days. We had people who hadn't eaten in several days," Maddox told Local 6.
He said many people needing immediate medical attention didn't receive it because the city's infrastructure fell apart. "There was nothing there for the people," he said.
While the storm was unfortunate for the city and the people who called it home, Maddox said he was fortunate to be a part of a team who made a difference.
"It's something that meant a lot to me in my life. Being able to say that that happened and we were ready to help," Maddox said.