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Hurricane Katrina / Tropical Storm Rita / New Orleans / Relocation #803317

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Sep 18, 2005
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) A hurricane watch for Tropical Storm Rita noted.

(New Orleans: Mark Mullens) The confusion over when evacuees can return to New Orleans featured; scenes shown of people wearing masks while checking their sludge-filled homes. [On "Meet the Press," director of Hurricane Katrina relief effort V/Adm. Thad ALLEN†- outlines the health dangers from the water; states a detailed evacuation plan is necessary for any returning residents.] Statement from Mayor Ray Nagin defending his city re-entry plan quoted. [Via phone, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff Jack STEPHENS†- says the people hate FEMA.] [Resident Irene BAYLE‡- feels left behind.] The lack of consensus between competing agencies about the safety of a return to flooded areas outlined.

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Studio: Bill Karins) The course of Rita towards south Florida & the Texas coast reviewed & discussed; weather maps shown.

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Houston: Ron Allen) Where the evacuees from Katrina are living featured; scenes shown from Houston, where most people have been relocated out of shelters. [Evacuee Mayatta HOGAN‡- talks about their new start.] [Yesterday, Coast Guard Lt. Joe LEONARD†- talks about transitioning people.] [President BUSH, Louisiana homeland security department Mark SMITH†- talk about the task of relocation.] [In Pass Christian, Mississippi, Margaret TURNER - comments.] [In Houston shelter, Rachel FICHON‡- complains.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(New Orleans: Anne Thompson) The reopening of some hotels in New Orleans featured; scenes shown from inside some hotels. [Hotel manager Jay DAHLKE‡- talks about getting employees back.] [Royal Sonesta's Hans WANFU‡; at Tujacgue's Restaurant, Stephen LATTER‡; FedEx delivery man Blaine WESTER‡- talk about businesses.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(New Orleans: Kevin Tibbles) The story of how one teenager's life was changed by Hurricane Katrina presented; scenes shown from a wrecked neighborhood in New Orleans where a boy surveyed his damaged family home. [15-year-old Adam NEWELL - shows what's left of his house: it's all gone.] [Cousin Lori GUIDRY†- comments.]

Seigenthaler, John;
Mullens, Mark;
Karins, Bill;
Allen, Ron;
Thompson, Anne;
Tibbles, Kevin

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