Hardin County News:

During the recent floods, Paul Kotlarich, a local inventor and builder, had the same uneasy feeling he had during last year’s hurricane season. When water begins to rise, people become trapped in their homes.

But Instead of sitting idly by, Kotlarich is trying to make a difference in the lives of people who live in flood zones with an invention he calls the Katrina Hatch – an emergency attic escape hatch that allows home owners to go through their roofs to escape from the attic.

“After much research, I have found that there is a need for an alternative means of egress from the confinement of the attic space,” Kotlarich said. “It could save somebody’s life.”

Kotlarich said he invented the idea following Hurricane Katrina when people were forced into their attics by rising water.

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