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Katrina Uncovers: Those Left Behind

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Bobby Rideau of New Orleans hangs his head after cars, including a state police vehicle, ignored his requests for water.  Source: Andre F. Chung, Baltimore Sun

Bobby Rideau of New Orleans hangs his head after cars, including a state police vehicle, ignored his requests for water. Source: Andre F. Chung, Baltimore Sun

More than a month has passed since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. And still, in New Orleans nearly two-thirds of the power is out, the tap water is not drinkable, and garbage and debris fill the deserted streets. Officials say the threat of fire and disease remains high as rescue and recovery efforts continue.

Most being rescued now are those who remained, but not by choice. In this third part of a special series on Katrina, we take a look at those left behind and the organizations working to help them: the elderly – including grandparents who parent their grandchildren, and companion animals rescued from Gulf Coast areas devastated by Katrina.

This week’s host: Tena Rubio. Contributing producers: Emily Polk, Grace Turner.

Featuring:

Donna Butts, executive director, Generations United; Lenora Poe, leader of grandparent support group; Esther Jones, grandmother; Sarah Cowen, executive director, Hopalong Animal Rescue Center; Jillian Wolkowski, Shail Bardger and Leslie Estes, Hopalong volunteers; Laura Harris, San Francisco SPCA; Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO, Humane Society of the United States.

For more information:

Generations United – Washington, DC

Hopalong Animal Rescue Center

San Francisco SPCA

Humane Society of the United States – Washington, DC

Author: Radio Project

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