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Hurricane Katrina Aftermath in Baton Rouge (2005)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2005-09-2

Duration: 00:05:00

Subjects: Hurricanes | Hurricane Katrina, 2005 | Natural Disasters | Disaster response and recovery | Education | East Baton Rouge Parish School System (La.) | Crime | Public shelters


  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Kendrick, Dorothy Producer
  • Woods, Virnado Editor
  • Baird, Jennifer Speaker
  • Placide, Charlotte Interviewee
  • Sulentee, Margaret-Mary Interviewee
  • Morgan, Derrick Interviewee
  • Holden, Kip Speaker
  • LeDuff, Jeff Speaker
  • Spain, John Interviewee


This segment from the September 2, 2005, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features producer Dorothy Kendrick’s report on the impact of the influx of Hurricane Katrina evacuees on Baton Rouge, a city that doubled in size in two days. Kendrick talks to Superintendent Charlotte Placide, Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Baird, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Margaret-Mary Sulentee, and Principal Dr. Derrick Morgan about the East Baton Rouge Parish School System’s preparations for the enrollment of thousands of new students from the evacuated parishes. She also talks to Baton Rouge residents and John Spain of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation about the need for residents to show compassion for the evacuees. This report also includes highlights from a press conference given by Mayor-President Kip Holden and Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff addressing concerns over increased crime in the city. The story also includes footage from the shelter at the Baton Rouge River Center and the increased traffic in the city. Hosts: Robyn Ekings and Charlie Whinham