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Hurricane Katrina: Public Health Concerns (2005)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2005-09-16

Duration: 00:05:41

Subjects: Hurricane Katrina, 2005 | Hurricanes | Natural Disasters | Hurricane damage | Flood damage | Disaster response and recovery | Public health | Public shelters


  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • LaBauve, Randy Producer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Crews, Keith Photographer
  • Rolfes, Anne Interviewee
  • Pearce, Paul Interviewee
  • Mason, Starr Interviewee
  • Williams, Priscilla Interviewee
  • Guidry, Jimmy Interviewee
  • Minsky, Louis Interviewee


This segment from the September 16, 2005, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features producer Randy LaBauve’s report on the public health concerns related to Hurricane Katrina due to the contaminated floodwater in New Orleans, the bacteria and mold left behind in flooded homes, and the evacuees being housed in crowded shelters. This report includes interviews with: Anne Rolfes of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade; Dr. Paul Pearce, the president of NOVA Laboratories; Starr Mason, a storm survivor; Priscilla Williams, a nurse with the East Baton Rouge Parish Health System; Dr. Jimmy Guidry, the State Health Officer; and Dr. Louis Minsky of the East Baton Rouge Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness. Hosts: Robyn Ekings and Charlie Whinham