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Hurricane Katrina / Gulf Coast #802401

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 07, 2005
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(New Orleans: Brian Williams) The mandatory evacuation order for New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and FEMA’s announcement that debit cards will be issued to storm victims noted.

(New Orleans: Campbell Brown) The evacuation of New Orleans featured; details given about the contamination of the water and the fire danger. [Residents Johnnie FLEMING†, Helen FORTIA†, Mark CHUTER†- explain why they don’t want to leave.] [New Orleans police Superintendent Edwin COMPASS†- comments on enforcing the mandatory evacuation after the voluntary evacuees leave.] [EPA Stephen JOHNSON†- warns against contact with the floodwater.] Deaths in New Orleans from bacterial infections from the water and an outbreak of the Norwalk virus in a Biloxi, Mississippi, shelter noted.

(New Orleans: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(New Orleans: Tom Costello) The environmental & health impacts of the pollutants being drained from New Orleans into Lake Pontchartrain featured; scenes shown of people in the water. [CDC Dr. Julie GERBERDING†- outlines health risks.] [Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Jeff NOLAN†- comments on sewage in the water.] [Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Mike McDANIEL†- says there are no alternatives.]

(New Orleans: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(New Orleans: Don Teague) The arrival of firefighters from New York City to lend a hand in New Orleans featured. [New York firefighter Tom FEDEIRA‡, battalion chief Robert BOYCE†- comment on supporting Louisiana.] [New Orleans fire captain John BAYALIS‡, Chief Donald SCHULTZ†- comment on the help from the New Yorkers.]

(New Orleans: Brian Williams) President Bush’s request for billions in funding for the disaster noted.

(White House: David Gregory) The political controversy over the government’s response to the disaster reviewed; figures on federal aid money cited. [White House press secretary Scott McCLELLAN – says we are sparing no effort to help.] [Senator Tom COBURN†- comments on prioritizing projects.] [Senator Mary LANDRIEU††- comments on being denied a request for funding to improve flood protection for New Orleans because of the war in Iraq.]

Williams, Brian;
Brown, Campbell;
Costello, Tom;
Teague, Don;
Gregory, David

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