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Hurricane Rita / Louisiana / Texas / New Orleans / Animals #804060

CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 26, 2005
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) The path of Hurricane Rita between Houston & New Orleans noted; map shown.

(Cameron Parish, Louisiana: John Blackstone) The devastation in Cameron, Louisiana, featured; scenes shown of damaged buildings, floodwaters, debris, FEMA search & rescue teams; footage shown of 1957’s Hurricane Audrey and its aftermath. [Former Cameron Parish official Pete PICOU†- says we didn’t lose a life.] [FEMA Jack REALL†- says we’re learning not to be complacent with the weather.] [Cameron Parish Sheriff Theos DUHON†- says we can come back.] The site of the completely washed-out town of Holly Beach shown.

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Storm-related deaths in Texas, including a family that died from carbon monoxide poisoning from an emergency generator, noted.

(Beaumont, Texas: Randall Pinkston) The struggle to restore power in the hurricane zone, which is now suffering under a heat wave, featured; scenes shown of generators that FEMA refuses to release. [Storm victim Nelma PELLERIN‡- comments.] [Jefferson County, Texas, Judge Carl GRIFFITH†- expresses frustration with FEMA.] [Entergy Texas CEO Joe DOMINO†- says it’s a mammoth job to get the infrastructure rebuilt.] Damage to coastal oil refineries discussed.

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) President Bush’s request for Americans to drive less due to the possibility of a gasoline supply shortage caused by Rita noted; gas prices cited.

(New Orleans: Sharyn Alfonsi) Signs of progress in New Orleans as some residents return to their homes featured; scenes shown of traffic, search & rescue teams. [WOMAN – reacts to the destruction.] [Search & rescue worker Sean PODRAZA†- says you never know what you’ll find behind the door.] [Stella!†† restaurant owner Scott BOSWELL††, Boswell’s MOTHER – comment on feeding hundreds of people without power.]

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(Vermilion Parish, Louisiana: Lee Cowan) The search for animals stranded by the storm featured; scenes shown of cattle in the water. [Alligator farmer Kevin SAGRERA††, cattle rancher Harris STELLY‡- comment on damage to their livelihoods.] [Storm victim Sheila COX‡- reacts to finding her cat.]

Reporter(s):
Schieffer, Bob;
Blackstone, John;
Pinkston, Randall;
Alfonsi, Sharyn;
Cowan, Lee
Duration:
00:10:30

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