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Katrina Live Threads, Part XV
Various ^ | 4 September 2005 | Various

Posted on 09/04/2005 6:14:35 PM PDT by NautiNurse

U.S. commercial air carriers continue transporting tens of thousands of evacuees from the New Orleans airport to destinations throughout the nation.

Rooftop air rescue efforts continue. One rescue chopper crashed late today. Crew members are reported safe. Gunmen who fired upon bridge repair contractors were killed by law enforcement.

To date, an estimated 70 countries and U.S. businesses have pledged hundreds of millions of dollars, supplies, food and equipment to assist the United States' efforts in Katrina's aftermath. Lt. General Honore described the damage to Mississippi today, "all infrastructure south of Jackson, MS is either damaged or destroyed." Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice visited the devastated areas, and attended Sunday church services in Mobile, Alabama.

Elsewhere, Sean Penn's rescue boat, sans plug and full of his personal entourage,reportedly sank during launch in New Orleans. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) threatened to punch President Bush, and Jefferson Parish President Broussard decried that the bureaucracy of FEMA has committed murder.

Links to various news, local and state government websites:

WLOX TV Biloxi, Gulfport, Pascagula has link to locate family and friends
2theAdvocate - Baton Rouge Includes Slidell, St. John Parish, St. Bernard Parish updates, and other locations.
Inside Houma Today includes shelter and volunteer updates Jackson MS
WALA Channel 4 Mobile, AL Includes links to distribution centers, Emergency Ops, etc.
Sun-Herald Gulfport MS Includes link to town by town reports
Gulfport News via
WAFB Baton Rouge
Mobile Register via
Mississippi updates via Jackson Ledger
Lafayette LA Daily Advertiser
Pensacola News Journal
St Bernard Local Government
Alabama Homeland Security Volunteers can sign up online
Alabama DOT
Louisiana Homeland Security
Louisiana State Police road closure info
State of Mississippi Website has traffic alerts, emergency contact numbers

New Orleans Emergency Operations Center - is now open:

Streaming Video:

All information is subject to change. Many stations are relying on their corporate parents to configure and maintain Internet streaming. Because of the intense interest in the feeds, they may be unavailable at times because of network congestion or a problem feeding the video to the streaming servers.

WWL-TV New Orleans - WWL-TV is operating from studios at Louisiana Public Broadcasting. CBS has a relay during the morning and afternoon. When available, use the CBS relay first as they have greater streaming capacity. They have a secondary stream from Yahoo. WWL-TV is also offering a special low-bandwidth audio-only stream for dial-up users.

WDSU-TV New Orleans - The news staff has started to return to temporary news studios near New Orleans. However, expect evening coverage from Hearst-Argyle sister stations WAPT Jackson and WESH Orlando when the New Orleans staff needs to take a break.

WGNO-TV New Orleans - New Orleans' ABC affiliate has returned to the air with WBRZ-TV and launched video streaming with continuous Katrina coverage.

WPMI-TV Mobile, AL - WPMI is webcasting from 5:30am - 10:30pm CDT. When off air, you can view pre-recorded reports on demand. This feed is often unreliable.

WKRG-TV Mobile, AL - This station is providing good coverage of the situation to the east in Mississippi and Alabama. However, the station is now signing off at around 10:30pm CDT like WWL and WPMI.

WJTV-TV Jackson, MS - The CBS affiliate in Jackson is providing live coverage for both the Jackson area and south Mississippi (knowing a lot of media in that area is off the air).

WFAA-TV Dallas, TX - WFAA-TV is here because Dallas is one of the evacuation cities.

United Radio From New Orleans: WWL-AM, WNOE-FM, "KISS-FM," WRNO-FM, WYLD-FM, and WJBO-AM (Clear Channel & Entercom) who have joined forces as United Radio From New Orleans, and they are streaming.

Gulf Coast Storm Network (Clear Channel Radio) - Clear Channel offers radio listeners across the gulf coast access to a simulcast emergency radio service. This service seems primarily focused on Alabama and Mississippi, but does cover Louisiana to some degree.

Related FR Threads:

FYI: Hurricane Katrina Freeper SIGN IN Thread FReeper Check In thread
Discussion Thread - Hurricane Katrina - What Went Wrong?!?
Post Hurricane Katrina IMAGES Here
Katrina Link Archives Nice work by backhoe
Mary Landrieu-"I'll Punch Bush"
Sean Penn's Rescue Bid Sinks
Hurricane Katrina HOUSING Thread
Martial Law Declared in New Orleans

Due to the number of requests to assist, the following list of some charities is provided.
This is not intended as an endorsement for any of the charities. or 1-800 HELP NOW - note: website is slow, and lines are busy
Salvation Army - 1-800-SAL-ARMY or Salvation Army currently looking for in-state volunteers - (888)363-2769
Operation Blessing: (800) 436-6348.
America's Second Harvest: (800) 344-8070.
Catholic Charities USA: (800) 919-9338, or
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee: (800) 848-5818.
Church World Service: (800) 297-1516 or online at www.churchworldservice. org.
Lutheran Disaster Response: (800) 638-3522.
Nazarene Disaster Response: (888) 256-5886.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance: (800) 872-3283.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is accepting donations at its 3,800 stores and Web site,
National Black Home Educators Resource Association Southern Baptist: NAMB -
Samaritan's Purse -

Previous Threads:
Katrina Live Thread, Part XIV
Katrina Live Thread, Part XIII
Katrina Live Thread, Party XII
Katrina Live Thread, Part XI
Katrina Live Thread, Part X
Katrina Live Thread, Part IX
Hurricane Katrina Live Thread, Part VIII
Hurricane Katrina Live Thread, Part VII
Hurricane Katrina Live Thread, Part VI
Hurricane Katrina Live Thread, Part V
Hurricane Katrina, Live Thread, Part IV
Hurricane Katrina Live Thread, Part III
Katrina Live Thread, Part II
Hurricane Katrina Live Thread, Part I
Tropical Storm 12

TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Alabama; US: Louisiana; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: aftermath; cary; enoughalready; hurricane; katrina; leveefunding; notbreakingnews
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To: Miss Marple
I heard that John Travolta will be there tomorrow also
21 posted on 09/04/2005 6:21:50 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: Davis

Did that really happen?

22 posted on 09/04/2005 6:22:44 PM PDT by Petronski (I love Cyborg.)
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To: Laverne
Joe Scarborough just "speculated" that over 10,000 may have died in NO...

THEN, he said that is too bad....that 4-5 years ago (coincidently, Bush's length of presidency), it was KNOWN that those levees wouldn't hold, and "the government didn't do anything about it"...then he shook his head.

Ostensibly making a connection between the 10,000 dead, and Bush Administration not fixing the levee....just pitiful, Joe!

You should be ashamed of yourself.
23 posted on 09/04/2005 6:22:47 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: Txsleuth


24 posted on 09/04/2005 6:23:56 PM PDT by OKIEDOC (There's nothing like hearing someone say thank you for your help.)
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To: All

Probably old for most but here are some WWL Updated

WWL Updates as they come in on Katrina

06:41 PM CDT on Sunday, September 4, 2005
Tom Planchet

6:41 P.M. - Dallas Morning News: Can New Orleans rebuild?

6:34 P.M. - New York Times article: Bush tries to quell political crisis.

6:30 P.M. - (AP) -- There may be no better way to explain the desperation on the city's ravaged streets than this: In the past few days, two police officers took their lives with their own weapons and dozens have turned in their badges.

New Orleans' thin blue line is frayed at the edges.

Deputy Police Chief W.J. Riley on Sunday identified two officers who committed suicide as Sgt. Paul Accardo, the department's spokesman, and Patrolman Lawrence Celestine. He called both "outstanding cops" and friends. Asked how they died, Riley put a finger to his temple, then paused.

"Both of them," he said, shaking his head slowly. "Used their own guns."

6:24 P.M. – Saints GM Mickey Loomis – we would like to play our games in Baton Rouge but we have to see what is possible. The NFL will have a lot of say. No decision has been made.

6:23 P.M. – Loomis – Saints form Hurricane Katrina relief fund and owner Tom Benson and his wife will make the first contributions, the specifics to come in the next few days.


6:06 P.M. - Police shot and killed at least five people Sunday after gunmen opened fire on a group of contractors traveling across a bridge on their way to make repairs, authorities said. Deputy Police Chief W.J. Riley said police shot at eight people carrying guns, killing five or six.

Fourteen contractors were traveling across the Danziger Bridge under police escort when they came under fire, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers. They were on their way to launch barges into Lake Pontchartrain to help plug the breech in the 17th Street Canal, Hall said.

None of the contractors was killed, Hall said.

6:04 P.M. - Army Corps of Engineers spokesman - We know that people in the field took fire. Nobody has been able to go out there and verify.

6:03 P.M. - HOUSTON (AP) -- With a shattered New Orleans all but emptied out, an unprecedented refugee crisis unfolded across the country Sunday, as governors and emergency officials struggled to feed, shelter and educate more than a half-million people dispossessed by Hurricane Katrina.

In Texas, where nearly a quarter-million refugees have filled the state's relief centers, Gov. Rick Perry ordered emergency officials to airlift some evacuees to other states willing to take them.

25 posted on 09/04/2005 6:23:58 PM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: Davis

You must be joking. These people make me ill.

26 posted on 09/04/2005 6:23:58 PM PDT by conservative cat
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To: Txsleuth

I am beginning to wish that the CIA really DOES have people to take out people like Joe and Nagin. (Not really, but honestly, I am so disgusted!)

27 posted on 09/04/2005 6:24:16 PM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: Davis

Travolta is going to *inspect* the refugees...WTH is that all about...

28 posted on 09/04/2005 6:24:31 PM PDT by mystery-ak (Home of the free, because of the you understand that Cindy?)
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To: NautiNurse
New thread

29 posted on 09/04/2005 6:24:40 PM PDT by tomkat (sorry if the bottom part looks like a Nutty Buddy cone ;-)
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To: Petronski

Yes, it happened about an hour ago. Molly Henneburg was obviously trying to help the guy alone and finally had to come out and say, "It's the president!" Wish we could get a copy of the interview...

30 posted on 09/04/2005 6:24:51 PM PDT by Davis
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To: NautiNurse

When you posted the first Hurricane Katrina thread at 9:30AM on August 24, you probably had no idea how big this thing was going to become. Here we are 15 threads and nearly 50,000 replies later! This is certainly the biggest news event we ever have gone through here in Free Republic. Yes, bigger than 9/11, bigger than the 2000 election fiasco, the 1998 impeachment and yes, bigger than even all those Hobbit Hole threads.

31 posted on 09/04/2005 6:25:51 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (Mid-life crisis in progress...)
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To: Davis

That pretty blonde is Molly Henneburg and my future wife... just as soon as Karl Rove calls me back about that thing I asked him to do for me.

32 posted on 09/04/2005 6:25:54 PM PDT by nhoward14
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To: Txsleuth

He'll never be the Republican nominee for anything ever again, that scum-sucking traitor.

33 posted on 09/04/2005 6:26:07 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Davis

I saw that interview, and thought it was funny at first, then I realized that between the idiocy of this Mayor, and the Mayor of New Orleans...

The people of Louisiana might want to stay in their new states and cities...

That man didn't have a clue...and he is a MAYOR!!!!

34 posted on 09/04/2005 6:26:09 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: Txsleuth
Sept. 2: New Orleans native Harry Connick, Jr., tours his hometown then talks to “Today” show host Katie Couric about his reaction to the devastation and ongoing struggles in the city.

Sept. 2, 2005 NEW YORK - Harry Connick Jr., who grew up in New Orleans, pleaded with Americans to “be kind to these people” after touring the hurricane-ravaged city on Thursday.

In an interview Friday on NBC’s “Today” show, a visibly shaken Connick recounts the devastation he witnessed throughout the city, including the besieged convention center.

This is sad, man. It's pathetic,” Connick said. “It feels as hopeless as it's going to get. ... Be kind to these people. Just be kind to these people.”


“How hard it is to take a helicopter or a truck ... it's easy to get to the convention center, we got there with no problem ... how hard is it to take a truck with water or food for these people. I don't understand,” Connick said in an interview ith “Today” host Katie Couric.

“They told these people to go to the convention center for help and it's been five days. It's unbearable,” Connick said. He said that while he was at the convention center on Thursday he saw no water or food being distributed to the victims.

Connick was born and raised in New Orleans, developing his music in jazz bands and at clubs in the French Quarter. His father, Harry Connick Sr., served as district attorney of New Orleans for 29 years before retiring in 2003.

“Everything that I have professionally, and so much of what I have personally, is because of this great, fair city,” Connick said. “And to see it being drowned like this is almost unbearable.”


“It is hard to sit in silence, to watch one’s youth wash away,” the statement said. “New Orleans is my essence, my soul, my muse, and I can only dream that one day she will recapture her glory.”

35 posted on 09/04/2005 6:26:21 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: tomkat; hole_n_one

Thanks for all your support.

36 posted on 09/04/2005 6:26:52 PM PDT by NautiNurse (The task before us is enormous, but so is the heart of America.)
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To: Petronski

Yes, this is a true story. I saw the live report about an hour ago. I wish we could get the footage and mail it around...

37 posted on 09/04/2005 6:26:57 PM PDT by Davis
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To: Davis

Honestly, wasn't that absolutely disgraceful?

38 posted on 09/04/2005 6:26:57 PM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: Mo1

John Travolta? What is he bringing? 10,000 copies of Dianetics?

39 posted on 09/04/2005 6:27:18 PM PDT by nhoward14
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To: Txsleuth

Scarborough has been blaming Bush all week...I hate that man..

40 posted on 09/04/2005 6:27:46 PM PDT by mystery-ak (Home of the free, because of the you understand that Cindy?)
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