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Hurricane Report / New Orleans / Levee Failure / Van Heerden Interview #829468

CNN Evening News for Monday, May 22, 2006
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Atlanta: Rob Marciano) The National Hurricane Center predictions for this year's "above normal" hurricane season examined; various hurricane footage shown. [Center's director Max MAYFIELD†- talks about a culture of preparedness now that we are in hurricane season.] [Acting FEMA director David PAULISON†- comments.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(New Orleans: Sean Callebs) Findings of an independent National Science Foundation study that the failed levee system caused much of the damage in New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina examined; details given of the factors leading to catastrophe. [University of California at Berkeley Dr. Robert BEA†- says the breaching of the levee brought us to our knees; states he would not come back here & buy a house.] [Army Corps of Engineers Col. Lewis SETLIFF†- comments on the levee situation.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Taped interview held with Louisiana scientist "The Storm" author Ivor Van Heerden. [In studio, VAN HEERDEN - says there was a sense among government employees that this {Hurricane Katrina} would never happen; states New Orleans would flood in another Katrina storm; explains how the timing of the breach was worked out.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) "Raw data" on the deadliest hurricanes outlined on screen.

Cooper, Anderson;
Marciano, Rob;
Callebs, Sean

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