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Remembering Katrina: Friday’s Show (August 28, 2015)

Ten years ago this weekend, Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Gulf Coast. On this edition of Houston Matters, we look back. We hear the accounts of Houston Chronicle photographers Melissa Phillip and Brett Coomer, recalling the lead-up to Katrina, the storm itself and the aftermath. They were at the New Orleans Superdome and the […]

Ten years ago this weekend, Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Gulf Coast. On this edition of Houston Matters, we look back.

We hear the accounts of Houston Chronicle photographers Melissa Phillip and Brett Coomer, recalling the lead-up to Katrina, the storm itself and the aftermath. They were at the New Orleans Superdome and the New Orleans Convention center in the days before FEMA arrived. Many folks looked to Phillip and Coomer for answers about what was happening amid a vacuum of order.

After the storm, Houston became a refuge for tens of thousands of evacuees. George Masi, President and CEO of Harris Health System talks about relief efforts for those evacuees who took refuge in the Astrodome.

Among those many evacuees was Terrance Veal and his family, 23 of whom shared a two-bedroom apartment for six weeks after the storm. Veal told that story as part of an oral history project called Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston. News 88.7’s Syeda Hasan catches up with him ten years later to see how he’s doing.

When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, people scattered. Some decided to stay in their “new towns.” In Houston, members of one New Orleans church created a new church here. We meet this community which reconnected in Houston, and still meet to worship together today.

And our regular Friday panel of “non-experts” share their memories of Katrina, and also parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the week’s news.

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