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Hurricane Katrina / Gulf Coast / New Orleans, Mississippi #801861

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 01, 2005
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(New Orleans: Bob Woodruff) The desperate situation in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina noted.

(Gulfport: Elizabeth Vargas) The devastation in Gulfport, Mississippi, noted; scenes shown of wreckage in the background.

(New Orleans: Bob Woodruff) The chaos in New Orleans featured; scenes shown of people in the street, outside the Superdome waiting for buses & on the bridges, an arson fire, people on the roof of an infirmary & inside the hospital, rescue helicopters, incoming buses & crushed cars in the street. [Two PEOPLE, National Guard Maj. Ed BUSH†, Charity Hospital administrator John RHINEHART†, two hospital STAFFERS, Acadian Ambulance Services Richard ZUSCHLAG, National Guard Scott RADY†- react to the situation.]

(New Orleans: David Muir) The effort of 20,000 evacuees to get out of the city featured; scenes shown of the people at the convention center, where people are dying & of a woman collapsing. [Quinton BARNES†, two WOMEN, nurse Cindy DAVIS†- comment on the situation.]

(New Orleans: Bob Woodruff) The refugees "migrating" to San Antonio & the Astrodome noted.

(Washington: Lisa Stark) The wait for help in many parts of New Orleans featured; scenes shown of the people; details given of plans to use cruise ships as emergency shelters. [FEMA director Michael BROWN†- says the agencies are doing everything they can.] [On "Good Morning America," President BUSH - says help is coming.] FEMA's emergency drill last year for a storm in New Orleans recalled. [Former emergency management official Jerry HAUER†- says FEMA has to account for what went wrong here.]

(New Orleans: Bob Woodruff) Report introduced.

(New York: Dan Harris) The problems with the New Orleans levees that were not built to withstand such a huge storm examined; details given about various "red flags" that had been raised & about federal funding cutbacks. [US Geological Survey director Chip GROAT†, Representative Earl BLUMENAUER†- comment on nature & disaster.] [Representative Bobby JINDAL†- outlines the argument.] [In 2000 & today, oceanographer Joseph SUHAYDA††- comments on the possibility of a barrier in New Orleans; {today} blames "institutional inertia."]

(Gulfport: Elizabeth Vargas) Bush's plans to visit the disaster zone tomorrow noted.

Woodruff, Bob;
Vargas, Elizabeth;
Muir, David;
Stark, Lisa;
Harris, Dan

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