Antoine Dominique "Fats" Domino was born in Frenier, Louisiana, in St. John Parish on the edge of Lake Pontchartrain and was 77 years old when Katrina struck New Orleans. He planned to ride out the storm in the place where he lived - the Ninth Ward. Then, the levees broke and flooded the City.
After several days he was rescued through a window off the roof of his house by emergency workers. News reports worldwide reported that Fats Domino had died in Hurricane. Even the people who rescued him and brought him to the St. Claude bridge over the Industrial Canal did not recognize him so it was a few days before everyone knew he was alive.
Some of his well known songs are "Blueberry Hill" and "Blue Monday". Oddly enough, August 29, 2005 was a Monday.
His house has been cleaned and repaired by volunteers but because there is no drinkable water yet in this neighborhood, he is not residing here.