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Major humanitarian disasters challenge who we are. They provoke remarkable acts of humanity and the most terrible. In my career I've covered the aftermath of earthquakes, droughts and floods, including the aftermath of the catastrophe described in Sheri Fink's Five Days at Memorialhurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in August 2005.

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Published in Katrina Anniversary
Hurricane Katrina: after the flood
Monday, 07 April 2014 20:00

Through the broken windows, the pulse of helicopter rotors and boat propellers set the summer morning air throbbing with the promise of rescue. Floodwaters unleashed by hurricane Katrina had marooned hundreds of people at Memorial hospital, where they had now spent four days. Doctors and nurses milled in the foul-smelling second-floor lobby. Since the storm, they had barely slept, surviving on catnaps and bottled water.

Published in Katrina Anniversary

CEDAR VALLEY -- Somewhere between the Eagle Mountain monument sign and the small town of Cedar Fort is the temporary home for Roy Gleiter and Deborah Cowden, who are homeless.

It's nothing more than a campsite, really. They have permission from the landowner, a farmer, to stay there until spring planting in approximately two weeks. 

In his late 50s, Gleiter and the 77-year-old Cowden are two of more than 610,000 homeless in the United States.

Published in Katrina Anniversary
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Doctor Frank Minyard has decided to leave Henry Glover's death as ‘undetermined'. After reaching out to the State Attorney General's Office and even the FBI for additional evidence, Minyard believes there's nowhere else to go with the case.

State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell will not get involved. He said the Orleans Parish District Attorney should be the one to guide the coroner on how to proceed in determining a cause of death.

Published in New Orleans News
Official talks complexity of search
Sunday, 30 March 2014 02:30

Washington landslide rescuers are comparing the search efforts to that of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.

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Published in Katrina Anniversary

DARRINGTON, Wash. – Out here, below the snowcapped mountain slopes and along the rivers, folks know the risks.

While nothing as bad as last weekend's devastating mudslide had ever happened around here before, they've always known about the dangers of the earth collapsing, and how easily streams can flood when it rains.

And yet this is where they choose to live.

Many came to work in the timber and mining industries and stayed for the scenery, the isolation and the sense of community.

Published in US NEWS

The houses are the work of an organization called the Make It Right Foundation, created in 2007 by the actor Brad Pitt. The group has pledged to build 150 new homes in the area, and so far it has finished about 100. And the first thing to say about the project is: good for them. Much praise should go to people who help others rebuild homes and lives after such a terrible disaster.

Published in Katrina Anniversary

Researchers also find a lasting disruption in the timing of heart attacks after the disaster.

Released:3/18/2014 10:00 AM EDT
Source Newsroom:Tulane University
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Newswise — Lingering stress from major disasters can damage health years later, according to a new Tulane University study that found a three-fold spike in heart attacks continued in New Orleans six years after Hurricane Katrina.

Published in Katrina Anniversary

Katrina-StBernardSome in Louisiana are hopping mad at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and want an apology for comments he made comparing Hurricane Sandy to Hurricane Katrina which destroyed much of South Louisiana.

 

Published in Latest Buzz

FirstFrameAs New Orleans braces for its magnificent holiday season followed by the mega-extravangzas of Sugar Bowl, Mardi Gras and this year, the super of the super, the NFL Super Bowl, there is one question on the mind of many tourists:  How is the New Orleans city and region economy doing since it is now seven Christmases ago from the season following Hurricane Katrina?

 

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