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The Commercial Appeal
Memphis Online


Bishop Steib's harrowing ride

Memphis Catholic Bishop J. Terry Steib was staying at the Divine Word Seminary in Bay St. Louis, Miss., when the storm hit.

"At about 8:30 or so the night of the storm we were looking for the eye to pass over as had been predicted because it would have given us relief from the howling of the wind. It never came," Steib said in a phone call to the diocese Wednesday.

"But shortly after 8:30 we saw cars floating away." The bishop's automobile was among them.

Steib said his seminary room had about 2 feet of water, and other campus rooms were neck-deep.

Steib got to Baton Rouge Wednesday and was trying to make connections to Memphis.

-- Staff