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Hurricane Gustav: A Special Report (2008)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, Bayou Cane, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, New Roads, Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, Breaux Bridge, St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2008-09-5

Duration: 00:31:58

Subjects: Hurricane Gustav, 2008 | Hurricanes | Natural Disasters | Disaster response and recovery | Jindal, Bobby, 1971- | Electric power failures | DISASTER RELIEF | United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency | Hurricane damage | Flood damage | Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946- | Louisiana. Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness | ENTERGY


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Courtney, Beth Producer
  • Sanford, Shauna Producer
  • Whinham, Charlie Producer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Allen, Gary Photographer
  • Jindal, Bobby Speaker
  • Rizzo, Dino Interviewee
  • Broussard, Manuel Interviewee
  • Gautreaux, Jerry Interviewee
  • Bush, George W. Speaker
  • Holeman, Jeff Interviewee
  • Cushenberry, Bonnie Interviewee
  • Scott, Katherine Interviewee
  • Nelson, Tommy Interviewee
  • McDonald, Kevin Interviewee
  • Dedrick, Mary Interviewee
  • Cotton, Jodie Interviewee
  • Delhomme, Jack Dale Interviewee
  • Cormier, Randy "Crip" Interviewee
  • Poythress, Randy Interviewee
  • Lagrange, Jimmy Interviewee
  • Menard, Don Interviewee
  • Guillory, Elbert Interviewee
  • Conley, Renae Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana” The State We’re In” from September 5, 2008, features a special report on the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav in Louisiana. It includes: highlights from a press conference with Governor Bobby Jindal discussing his concerns over the possibility of long-term power outages in several parishes; an overview of the damage across the state; an interview with Pastor Dino Rizzo of the Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge on his church’s relief efforts; an interview with FEMA spokesperson Manuel Broussard on the operations of the FEMA field office in Baton Rouge; an interview with Chief Jerry Gautreaux of the Bayou Cane Fire Department on the damage sustained by Bayou Cane; Beth Courtney’s report on President George W. Bush’s visit to the emergency operations center of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in Baton Rouge on Wednesday, September 3; Shauna Sanford’s report on the impact of Hurricane Gustav in Pointe Coupee Parish, including flooded streets, downed power lines, and a 100% power outage; Charlie Whinham’s report on the impact of Hurricane Gustav in Breaux Bridge and Opelousas, including the damage to Mulate’s Restaurant in Breaux Bridge and Opelousas High School; and an on-set interview with Renae Conley, the president of Entergy Louisiana, on the status of the statewide power outages and the timeline for power restoration. This episode includes footage courtesy of WWL-TV in New Orleans. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford