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Historic Flooding in South Louisiana (2016)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2016-08-19

Duration: 00:26:37

Subjects: Floods, 2016 | Natural Disasters | Disaster response and recovery | Flood damage | Edwards, Donna | DISASTER RELIEF | American Red Cross | Nungesser, Billy, 1959-


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Allen, Gary Editor
  • Boger, Paul Producer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Spires, Kelly Producer
  • Crews, Keith Editor
  • Edwards, John Bel Speaker
  • Boustany, Charles Interviewee
  • Melancon, Charlie Interviewee
  • Varnado, Brad Interviewee
  • Fugate, Craig Speaker
  • Edwards, Donna Interviewee
  • McGovern, Gail Interviewee
  • Blake, Charles Interviewee
  • Hoyte, Ruthven Interviewee
  • Haziri, Nuhi Interviewee
  • Hammer, Rod Interviewee
  • Keim, Barry Interviewee
  • Keim, Richard Interviewee
  • Nungesser, Billy Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from August 19, 2016, features a special report on the historic flooding in south Louisiana. It includes: producer Kevin Gautreaux’s recap of the flooding event, including highlights from a press conference with Governor John Bel Edwards and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate; First Lady Donna Edwards visiting evacuees at a Baton Rouge shelter; LPB receiving an 18-wheeler full of supplies from the Helping His Hands Disaster Response Team from Vincennes, Indiana; Paul Boger & Charlie Whinham’s report on the work of the American Red Cross in distributing supplies to flood victims; Kelly Spires’ interviews with Louisiana State Climatologist Barry Keim and LSU Hydrologist Richard Keim on the science behind the flooding; and Charlie Whinham’s in-studio interview with Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser on his work in coordinating the volunteer effort for the recovery. These reports also include interviews with: Congressman Charles Boustany; Secretary Charlie Melancon of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; Brad Varnado, a Livingston Parish homeowner; Gail McGovern, the president and CEO of the American Red Cross; Charles Blake, a Red Cross disaster manager; and Ruthven Hoyte, Nuhi Haziri, and Rod Hammer, Red Cross volunteers.