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Hurricane Katrina Devastates New Orleans (2005)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, Westwego, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, Gonzales, Ascension Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2005-09-2

Duration: 00:12:23

Subjects: Hurricanes | Hurricane Katrina, 2005 | Natural Disasters | Hurricane damage | Flood damage | FLOODS | Disaster response and recovery | Louisiana. National Guard | United States. Coast Guard | Superdome (New Orleans, La.) | LOOTING | Blanco, Kathleen Babineaux, 1942-


  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Whinham, Charlie Producer
  • LaBauve, Randy Editor
  • Leonard, Patrick Interviewee
  • Searcy, Terry Interviewee
  • Blanco, Kathleen Speaker


This segment from the September 2, 2005, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham’s report on the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. It includes footage of the National Guard helping evacuees, the United States Coast Guard rescuing people from the roofs of their houses, the damage sustained by the Superdome, the buses carrying evacuees from the Superdome to the Astrodome in Houston, people walking on the Interstate in search of help, and looters stealing items from abandoned stores. This report also includes interviews with New Orleans residents telling their stories of survival, Pastor Patrick Leonard of the Holy Trinity Baptist Church on the need for help for evacuees, and Lieutenant Terry Searcy of the Westwego Police Department on the opening of a temporary shelter of last resort at the police station. It also includes a press conference with Governor Kathleen Blanco addressing the looting situation in New Orleans. Lastly, Whinham also talks to a family of evacuees at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. This story includes footage courtesy of WWL-TV in New Orleans. Hosts: Robyn Ekings and Charlie Whinham