This program is 28 minutes long
(Saint Louis: Peter Jennings) Disaster stories from the flooding of the Mississippi River featured; aerial scenes shown from near Saint Louis, where the people are evacuating. [PEOPLE - comment.] Map shown of the flooded areas in the Midwest while the damage is reviewed.
(Des Moines: Judy Muller) The predicament in the flooded city of Des Moines, Iowa, whose water treatment plant has been knocked out, featured; scenes shown of floods and of people lining up for drinking water. [Iowa Governor Terry BRANSTAD, three RESIDENTS, convention and visitors bureau Vince KOPACEK - comment.]
(Saint Louis: Peter Jennings) Interview held with Vice President Al Gore about how the administration will handle disaster requests. [GORE - explains what is being done.]
(Saint Louis: Erin Hayes) The lack of a master plan for flood control on the upper Mississippi examined; scenes shown. [While sandbagging, MAN - comments.] The role of the Army Corps of Engineers detailed. [Corps' Colonel James CRAIG - talks about cost of building levees.] [Saint Louis University professor Charles BELT - criticizes the Corps' levee control program.]
(Saint Louis: Peter Jennings) The flooding from the Mississippi River in Saint Charles County, Missouri, featured; scenes shown to illustrate how all this water got here. [Sheriff Ray RONYON - explains why the river people stay.]
(Quincy, Illinois: Linda Pattillo) The determination in Quincy, Illinois, to keep this last of 14 bridges on the Mississippi open featured; scenes shown of the sandbagging operation. [Quincy Mayor Chuck SCHOLZ - cites importance of the bridge to the city's economy.] [Three VOLUNTEERS - comment.]
(Saint Louis: Peter Jennings) View of economists that the flood will not have major impact on the nation's food prices reported.
(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Earthquake off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan, reported; scenes shown from northern Japan of homes on fire.
(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.
(Sarajevo: Hilary Brown) Serbian shelling of a crowd of people in Bosnia's capital waiting to draw water featured; bloody scenes shown from Sarajevo of the dead and wounded and of hundreds in line for water. [MAN - hopes for the end of war.] [Doctors Without Borders Dr. Christopher CUSHING - comments.] The Serbian tactic of squeezing the people into submission noted.
(Studio: Diane Sawyer) The United Nations operation in Bosnia said running out of money and relief supplies; scenes shown of the arrival of US combat troops in nearby Macedonia to join a United Nations peacekeeping force designed to keep the fighting from spreading from Bosnia.
(Studio: Diane Sawyer) United States helicopters shown attacking a command center in Mogadishu, Somalia, belonging to warlord General Mohammed Farah Aidid. Angry Somalis said killing two journalists.
(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Lawsuit brought by Continental and Northwest airlines against American Airlines for its fare wars last year reported.
(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Proposed merger of the QVC and the Home Shopping Network, the two giants of cable television home shopping, reported.
(Washington: Stephen Aug) Home shopping television examined; scenes shown. [Shopper Ruth COOMBS - comments.] The success of Saks Fifth Avenue selling on television cited. [Saks CEO Philip MILLER, retail consultant Isaac LAGNADO - say the retailers are looking at TV.]
(Saint Louis: Peter Jennings) Author Mark Twain quoted about the Mississippi River.
(Hannibal, Missouri: Jim Wooten) The blending of fact and fiction in Twain's hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, featured; scenes shown from Main Street and the river. [Shop owner Pat WELDER, OFFICIAL, Hannibal Mayor Richard SCHWARTZ, homeowner Joe PADGETT - talk about the flood and the lack of tourists.]
(Saint Louis: Peter Jennings) The expected crest level in Hannibal cited.