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Hurricane Katrina Evacuees at the Baton Rouge River Center (2005)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2005-09-9

Duration: 00:05:10

Subjects: Hurricane Katrina, 2005 | Hurricanes | Natural Disasters | Public shelters | Baton Rouge River Center


  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Whinham, Charlie Producer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Krantz, Fran Interviewee
  • Whinham, Dave Interviewee
  • Mullin, Mark Interviewee
  • Hayes, Robin Interviewee
  • Mitchell, Matthew Interviewee
  • Thompson, Tameka Interviewee
  • Thomas, Nathalie Interviewee
  • Gonzales, Rasheeda Interviewee


This segment from the September 9, 2005, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham’s visit to the Baton Rouge River Center, a shelter for Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Whinham interviews Fran Krantz, a mother who is looking for her missing son from New Orleans. He also talks to a group of people from Columbus, Ohio, including former Baton Rouge resident Dave Whinham, police officer Mark Mullin, and nurse Robin Hayes, about their mission on behalf of several Ohio companies to find evacuees at the shelter who are willing to re-locate to Columbus for a guaranteed job and a fully furnished rent-free apartment for a year. He then talks to evacuees Tameka Thompson, Nathalie Thomas, and Rasheeda Gonzales about their decision to accept the group’s offer and move to Columbus. This report also includes footage of the evacuees arriving in Columbus, Ohio. Hosts: Robyn Ekings and Charlie Whinham