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Hurricane Katrina / Gulf Coast / Relief / Evacuation #802573

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 08, 2005
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) The struggle to get victims of Hurricane Katrina the help they need introduced; statistics cited. [President BUSH - says the government is in for the long haul.]

(Houston: Steve Osunsami) The strain on the social system to help the evacuees examined; scenes shown from Houston where people lined up to get debit cards from the aid agencies; details given about the FEMA disaster recovery centers. [Five PEOPLE - react & complain.]

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Statement from Bush about federal debit card eligibility noted.

(New Orleans: Bob Woodruff) The unfolding human drama in New Orleans in which government representatives are dealing with the holdouts refusing to evacuate featured; scenes shown of armed police & National Guard going house-to-house, handcuffed residents, people leaving on trucks & of Vice President Dick Cheney viewing damages in Gulfport, Mississippi. [Police Supt. Eddie COMPASS††- says weapons will be taken.] [MAN - comments.] [Oklahoma National Guard Fred BIBLE†, Chris MONTGOMERY - call it "surreal."] The high estimates of the cost & recovery cited.

(White House: Terry Moran) The certainty of a political fight over how to pay for the regional recovery & support of the victims examined; details given about funding for this state of emergency in the Gulf coast region. [Senator Harry REID - guesses at cost.] [Secretary of Treasury John SNOW†- comments on the disaster.] [Center on Budget & Policy Priorities Robert GREENSTEIN†- says we have to respond to Katrina, so taxes are needed.] [Representative Mike PENCE†, White House press secretary Scott McCLELLAN - comment on future costs.] The gigantic cost of the retirement of the baby boomers over decades noted.

(New Orleans: Bob Woodruff) The location of Hurricane Ophelia updated; map shown.

Vargas, Elizabeth;
Osunsami, Steve;
Woodruff, Bob;
Moran, Terry

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