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Hurricane Rita / Louisiana, Texas #804035

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Sep 25, 2005
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Introduction bypassed. Note: Local weather bulletin & map on screen.

(Louisiana: Tom Costello) The aftermath of Hurricane Rita featured; scenes shown of FEMA going house-to-house in Louisiana. [Residents Leroy & Annie Mae OJAY‡, two MEN - react to their circumstances.] [Nevada FEMA search & rescue's Philip HESS††- comments on Annie Mae.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(No location given: Kerry Sanders) Air tour of the storm damages on the Gulf coast presented; aerial views shown of the destruction in Holly Beach, Cameron & South Cameron, Louisiana.

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Fred, Texas: Jim Miklaszewski) The dramatic rescue mission in Fred, Texas, of elderly nursing home patients featured; scenes shown of the people being transported out of the elementary school & of the relatively undamaged nursing home in Beaumont. [National Guardsman Brian CULP††- comments on the operation.] [Nursing home administrator Christine LEWIS‡- talks about the highway trip & the conditions in the shelter.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Abbeville, Louisiana: Carl Quintanilla) The flood conditions in rural Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, featured; scenes shown of the flooding in the streets of Abbeville. [Fire captain Kelly MEIR‡, oil worker Jude FREDERICK‡; now homeless Terry JOHNTHRO‡- react to what happened.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Port Arthur, Texas: Lester Holt) The return of some residents to Port Arthur, Texas, after Hurricane Rita featured; scenes shown from across the town. [Resident Linda GOMEZ, police OFFICIAL, Mayor Oscar ORTIZ - react to the conditions.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(White House: Rosiland Jordan) The consideration of putting the military in charge of disaster planning examined; scenes shown of President Bush at a disaster response planning session. [At the meeting, military officer in charge, Maj. Gen. John WHITE - says we saw a "train wreck" in New Orleans.] [BUSH - says Congress should consider putting the military in charge.] [Retired Gen. Barry McCAFFREY - says the military has the organizational capability.] [Disaster risk management GUY - says the military lacks the local knowledge.]

Seigenthaler, John;
Costello, Tom;
Sanders, Kerry;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Quintanilla, Carl;
Holt, Lester;
Jordan, Rosiland

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