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Hurricane Katrina / Recovery #820796

FNC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 20, 2005
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(New Orleans: Shepard Smith) Report introduced.

(New Orleans: Jeff Goldblatt) The push to replace New Orleans' levee boards after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina featured; details given on a petition calling for a special session of the state legislature on levee board reform. [Citizens for Greater New Orleans Ruthie FRIERSON†- says nobody will come back if we don't reform.] [Loyola University Institute of Politics Ed RENWICK†- says it's difficult to get the levee boards out of politicians' hands.]

(New Orleans: Shepard Smith) The 29 billion dollars in Hurricane recovery funding tied up in a contentious defense spending bill in the Senate, and the House's adjournment without a vote on a bill to buy out damaged property noted.

(New Orleans: Shepard Smith) Student volunteers on break from college helping to clean out homes in New Orleans contaminated by flood waters featured; scenes shown of volunteers cleaning up. [3 VOLUNTEERS, resident Emanuel ODOM‡- comment on the project.]

(New Orleans: Shepard Smith) Statement by federal officials in charge of rebuilding in southeast Louisiana that new flood elevation maps will not be available until February or March, the difficult job for FEMA to move hurricane evacuees out of hotels, ongoing interstate repairs outside New Orleans causing major traffic jams, statement by former FEMA director James Witt that the federal hurricane response is improving, and the EPA's statement that there are still pollutants in the Gulf Coast air noted.

Smith, Shepard;
Goldblatt, Jeff

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