Sunday, August 23, 2015

Robin Roberts hosts "Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm"


Robin Roberts returned to her hometown New Orleans for the one-hour special “New Orleans: Katrina: 10 Years after the Storm”. The Inquisitor has a link here. Curiously, ABC does not have its own legitimate site for this film yet.
  
The floods represented a total failure by the Corps of Engineers to protect the city.

Roberts’s voice resembled Oprah Winfrey, as she visited the Superdome, which was a symbol of horror at first as people piled up in it, but later football made it a symbol of resurrection.  (Oprah had said she almost vomited in the Superdome at the first visit.)

She covered water rescues, and her reunion with her own loved ones. She also presented Habitat for
Humanity’s effort to rebuild a jazz center as well as homes.

One church group I know went down in 2006 and was not allowed to do much because of mold.
I visited the area myself in February 2006.

In September 2005 I volunteered at times at a Red Cross call center in Falls Church VA, but there was little we could do in most cases.


Some displaced persons were housed in Washington DC, as well as in Texas and throughout the south.

A lot of people don’t have the “choice” to live away from coastal floods, big tornadoes, earthquakes or wildfires.  Will climate change make this worse?

This would be a good place to mention Spike Lee's two-part miniseries for HBO aired in August 2005, "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts". 

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