By Mark Rountree

Safe and sound, and admittedly lucky, former Enid News -- Eagle sports writer David Purdum is alive and well in Atlanta.

Until recently, Purdum worked as the sports editor at the Slidell (La.) Sentry News, which now is, like much of the city, under water, thanks to Hurricane Katrina.

Purdum, who lived in New Orleans in an apartment one mile from the Superdome, left town the night before the storm made landfall. He rode out Katrina in Oakdale, La., and later spent a week in Enid.

"I'm lucky, to be honest,'' said Purdum, who returned to Enid with his computer, his golf clubs and a bag of clothes, which was all he had left after the storm.

Purdum will continue work with his football preview Web site from his new home in Atlanta, where he figures to stay with friends for the immediate future.

"I'd like to go back to New Orleans some day,'' said Purdum.

Purdum, an avid Saints fan, got some good news Sunday when New Orleans beat Carolina in the season opener.

Rountree is the sports editor of the News -- Eagle.

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