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Hurricane Katrina / Gulf Coast / Brown’s Removal #802899

CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 09, 2005
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(Studio: John Roberts) The decision to replace FEMA director Michael Brown with Coast Guard V/Adm. Thad Allen†† to direct disaster relief operations for Hurricane Katrina reported.

(Washington: Bob Orr) Criticism of the top emergency managers examined; details given of questions about Brown’s résumé. [FEMA watch commander Leo BOSNER†- recalls warning Brown & Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff about the impending disaster.] [September 2, President BUSH – praises Brown.] [September 2, BROWN – says his job is to save lives.] [CHERTOFF – responds to a question about Brown’s resignation.] [Former FEMA chief of staff Jane BULLOCK†- comments on the loss in confidence about Brown.] The status of FEMA’s debit card program for evacuees in Texas discussed.

(Studio: John Roberts) Death toll from Hurricane Katrina outlined by state.

(New Orleans: Byron Pitts) The situation in New Orleans updated; scenes shown from Meraux after the floodwaters receded. [Director of Homeland Security for New Orleans Terry EBBERT†- says the catastrophic death that was predicted may not have occurred.] [Resident Freddie JOHNSON†- refuses to evacuate.] [Resident Londi MOORE†- comments on her frustration in getting help from FEMA.] The timeframe for forcing residents to leave discussed.

(Studio: John Roberts) Estimate for economic damage from Katrina cited.

(New Orleans: Mark Strassmann) The potential health damage from the contaminated water in New Orleans featured; scenes shown of firefighters spraying vehicles with decontaminant, emergency workers getting tetanus & hepatitis shots; details given of the concern about infectious diseases. [Store owner Gilbert SCHMIDT†- comments on mold.] [New Orleans police officer Wilfred EDDINGTON†- comments on what’s in the water.] [Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Kirk MANUEL†- comments on the scale of the cleanup.]

(Studio: John Roberts) The reunion of the last evacuated premature baby with its family reported.

Roberts, John;
Orr, Bob;
Pitts, Byron;
Strassmann, Mark

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