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Topic : 08/28 Hurricane Katrina: One Year Later

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Created on : Friday, August 25, 2006, 10:13:32 am
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Dr. Phil travels back to New Orleans, one year after Hurricane Katrina wiped out entire neighborhoods. He meets with FEMA director David Paulison to see first hand how the city is progressing. Touring the temporary housing in a trailer park, Dr. Phil and David hear from residents about their frustrations with FEMA. Then, Dr. Phil meets with a couple who says they had a picture perfect marriage, until Hurricane Katrina destroyed their lives. Brent and Stephanie relive the horror of what they witnessed a year ago. How is the stress of trying to rebuild their lives affecting their marriage and the health of their 2-year-old daughter? Then, Dr. Phil meets with Police Chief Warren Reilly in the Lower Ninth Ward, a neighborhood that was decimated when the levees broke. How is the rebuilding of the levees coming along? How is the mental and emotional health of the New Orleans police officers? Then, you’ve got the best seats in the house at a huge concert event to raise money for the first responders and their families. Brian McKnight, Brooks & Dunn, Jeff Foxworthy and Allen Toussaint come out to show New Orleans a good time in support of New Orleans Police Department, Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services. Talk about the show here.

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August 27, 2006, 1:14 pm CDT

Nagin is a disgrace

Quote From: starsong14

 Shame on Nagin for his insensitive remarks about New York's "Hole In The Ground" when he referred to the WTC site.  Unfortunately, he seems to have very little recollection about the many New Yorkers and others around the country (still mourning the loss of their brothers and sisters in arms and loved ones)  who dug deep into their own personal pockets and forwarded donations of time, money, talent, expertise, knowledge and materials.  These people went to New Orleans, leaving their own families behind to help with the devastation there. Nagin owes New York and the rest of the Country an apology.  Without an apology forthcoming, should their be a repetition of the storm event of 2004; how many people does Nagin think will respond? 


'm worried that Nagin is still in office and that the people of New Orleans reelected him.  He seems to have a penchant for blaming others for his lack of leadership.  His vision seems to be hindsight.  In that regard, it's 20-20 all the way.  If he could be so callous as to refer to what the Country regards as the "sacred ground" of the World Trade Center site, where thousands of Americans lost their lives, as a "hole in the ground"; what could he possibly have to say to redeem himself with the people of New Orleans.

Nagin should have been sent packing. He indirectly helped lead to the deaths of many. His lack of planning, followed by his arrogance in not being able to take responsiblity, should have him running with his tail behind his legs.


However, it is obvious that New Orleans will always be poor and crime-ridden when the people there RE-ELECT the man who didn't force evacuations and left hundreds of empty busses behind to fill with water! Nagin is a JERK and a COWARD. It's sad that he's either too stupid or too arrogant to realize that.


I am praying for New Orleans (and even for Nagin). Until the people there stand up and refuse to respect those who helped create this disaster (such as Nagin), New Orleans will always have problems.


Where were you duringHurricane Katrina, Mr. Nagin? I heard you had left the state for Texas just as you left thousands of New Orlean's poorest people behind to fend for themselves!!!

August 27, 2006, 1:38 pm CDT

i was watching the news this morning as i do on every sunday morning

and they had the mayor of new orleans on and he told reporters next time he will have buses trains and planes to get the people out , wow big words coming from the very same man who left his people to fend for themselve, well all i have to say about what that mayor had to say is we will see,
August 27, 2006, 1:39 pm CDT


It really is sad to see some of the stories that have come out of the the Gulf Coast, but also I am really hopeful.  There is still a lot of work to be done, but yet a lot of work has been done.  It's just going to take time.  I live in Ark. and we still have 35,000 people here that evacuated, some say

they are not going back, some have not made up their mind yet.  Whatever they decide, Ark. is here

to support them.  GOD BLESS THEM ALL!!



August 27, 2006, 1:42 pm CDT

what ever happended to the 1500 mobil homes the former f-e-m-a director placed in a cow pasture in ark

the last thie i saw anything about them they were still sinking in the pastuer,

but relly i guess the million dollar question would be just what in the hell were they doing hidden in a farmers pastuer in the first place?

August 27, 2006, 2:23 pm CDT

too little to late.

Quote From: linda450

I also saw that same report on the Lindy Hospital and really could not believe the decisions etc. that the Dr. and staff had to make regarding who could leave and who could not. I really respect that when called on, sope special call be called up to the plate and do the job. I am looking forward to Dr. Phil's follow ups this week.

Amazing that they are sending peoples on the Moon,send the men fo fight Wars [overseas] who by the way no one beleive in anymore and can't find the Funds to help their owne citizens who elected them in the first place. Charity start at Home.We should take care of our owne before we take care of the rest of the World...I know Dr.Phill will do is very best to help but it's not his job in the first place but i say Thanks to Him and his Staff  in advance and looking forward to see the Shows.

August 27, 2006, 6:06 pm CDT

Louisana State Legislature

Maybe FEMA didn't do all that they could have, but what I would like to know, why aren't the people of Louisana angry at their state legislature for misappropriating the 100's of millions of dollars that the federal government has given them over they years to improve the levees.  As a taxpayer, I don't want  my money to go the rebuild when it is being misspent.  Remember, past behavior is an indication of future behavior.  Someone needs to be held accountable BEFORE they get more of our tax dollars.
August 27, 2006, 6:47 pm CDT

08/28 Hurricane Katrina: One Year Later

Quote From: babykatk

First of all, I want to say my heart goes out to the Katrina victims.  Compared to their losses, the hurricanes that hit Florida were a walk in the park, HOWEVER...a few things must be made known.


Our President Bush took the blame for what happened in New Orleans.  But you know what?  When a hurricane is out in the gulf of Mexico, it isn't the President of the United States who knocks on doors telling people to evacuate.  It's local officials, not govenors, not even mayors, it's local people like firemen and police. 


First to evacuate are the barrier islands, and it isn't done when you're under the winds of a hurricane, it's done when it's an approach of a hurricane, perhaps during the warning time.  Then the low lying areas, mobile homes, elderly, hospitals, etc.  In an order!  With a plan.  I can't believe hospital officials didn't take it in their own hands for the safety of their patients!


The govenor of Louisiana though, should be blamed for much for not having not only a plan in place, WAY ahead of time, but put into action in an organized fashion.  Florida is very lucky to have Govenor Bush when a hurricane hits.  The difference in pre-action is amazing.  The television reports are alarming to residents, evacuation routes are already signed in advance on the roads, stores are stocked with supplies you need, local preventative measures in the way of brochures are given to people ahead of time in grocery bags.  There are pages in the phone book of what to do in case of severe weather.  The difference is prevention.


I was only 3 miles away from the eye of Hurricane Charley.  Hurricane Charley for those of you who don't know is the one who was supposed to hit Tampa, but instead took a severe, quick turn onto Sanibel Island and went up the Charlotte Harbor, which is only minutes from my house.  We had VERY little warning.  What about all the planning I was writing about?  Well, it was all in place for TAMPA.  TAMPA was majorly evacuated, we had the warnings to put in outside furniture, be prepared for some high winds, have supplies handy, have pets secured, barrier islands (like Sanibel Island which was hit BAD) were evacuated ahead of time (thank God). 


So for what we thought as per our weather reports, we were prepared.  But weather reports can be wrong, we are dealing with a force of nature here!  A hurricane can be like a butterfly.  It can go one way, be on a path, and then suddenly turn course. 


I remember August 13, 2004.  I was on my computer, but had the tv on for coverage.  When I heard it hit Sanibel Island, (it still wasn't even raining outside our place) I took my dogs out to do their business and then prepared thier area.  I then put blankets and pillows in the only closet we had which had no outside walls. 


Then the news hit that it was heading up to the Charlotte Harbor.  And onto Edgewater Drive, which is only four blocks from my home.  Could we leave in time?   NO!  You had to hunker down the best you could.  Bridges were already closed.  No way out.  Trapped?  We didn't know for sure how hard it would hit.


Suddenly winds really started to pick up.  We took the cat and sat in the closet.  The rain came.  But not just rain.  It sounded like an nail gun on the windows, pow, pow, pow!  We heard the tiles being ripped from the roof.  Could hear trees snapping outside.  My husband had his body placed against the closet door and he said, 'You can't imagine the force.'  I was praying.


When the eye passed, we left the closet and I told my husband to not open any outside door or window because it changes the air pressure in the house.  He went and applied his hand to the sliding glass door during this time, the calmest part before the winds rip from the other direction, and he told me, you can feel the glass vibrating.


When it was all done with, our screened lanai was torn apart, but still intact (the only one on the street.).  Trees were down all over.  A powerline was drapped across what was left of our roof, which was down to bare plywood.  The street looked like a scene from a WWII movie.  Litter everywhere.  Shingles from everyone's homes scattered.  A piece of aluminum was forced and daggered into a garage door across the street.  Palm trees were bent over.  Tree tops were gone.  The mess was overwhelming to look at.  Our grill fell into our pool.  (What a mess, I won't even go there.)


After the storm was over, we went out to the garage to check on our dogs, and they were all huddled in the smallest cage together, scared...and we comforted them.  They were okay though.  We managed to get a generator the next day from a friend a few towns away so they had fans on them at least in the 90 degree heat of the day, but it was hot.   We drove two towns away to get ice just for the dogs, and to get gas for the generator.  It was to be a daily ritual for a week until we had power.  When the national guard came in, then I got my ice there, and I put it in a large kiddy pool I had, let it melt for the dogs, and it kept the floor cool too as well.  They were okay, not spoiled as normal, but more in survival mode.  (I had plenty of food for them.)


But we were were we lucky.  When we finally got down to Edgewater Drive the next couple of days, we were alarmed at what we saw.  It looked like something out of a horror show.  All you could do was cry for total strangers knowing very well, it could have been you...just a few blocks.  Homes had no roofs, windows blown out, telephone poles layed on houses, cars scattered on their sides, just horrific.


But you look around you and wonder, 'Where do you start?' 


You have no power, no phone service (not even cel phones, over 300 towers went down in the storm, you had to go two towns away before they worked.)


Thank God for digital cameras.  You take pictures of the devastation for the insurance company, then you begin the awesome task of clean up.  To give you an idea, I picked up seven large green garbage bags of shingles from my front yard alone.  In the HEAT of the scorching sun.  My husband had his company put a waterproof paint filler on the roof to protect our house from further damage.  I won't get into details of all the cleanup, but it was awesome.


You do clap and put a smile on your face when you see the national guard come in.  (Not shoot at them.) 


And things change.  You see disaster relief trucks, the Red Cross and Salvation army on nearly every corner.  Temporary booths set up for insurance companies to do claims.  Twisted metal everywhere, signage blown out, no traffic lights.


Guess what?  The community rebuilds, slowly.  There are still homes untouched.  It took us six months to get a new roof.  We called from our hotel room (which you can't call any local businesses because THEY all got hit), for needed repairs and when I called to get an estimate, the girl told me we were on page 23 of legal pads full of requests, it will be weeks if not months for any action.  Patience was something you quickly learned.  See, many of the workers, lost their homes too.  Familiar frequented places of business GONE. 


Yes, we hear about Katrina, but we didn't have a tenth of the publicity they had.  I didn't see Dr. Phil come to our town.  Nor Oprah, nor T.D. Jakes.  But widespread depression hit, post traumatic depression hit, families who got along great were not in divorce mode.  It's stressful.  VERY.


But somehow, you survive.  Your mind goes into survival mode. 


We didn't have nearly the damage as Katrina had, but let me tell you, I could tell you of how my best friend and her family of four kids and her husband spent six weeks in their bedroom because it was the only useable room in the house.  When the insurance finally did kick in, her family of six stayed in a 35 foot trailer for two years while their home was being repaired, and they are STILL waiting on things.  Since 2004! 


My heart really does go out to the kids of New Orleans and surrounding areas most.  Their lives will be changed forever. 


But Dr. Phil, honestly, if you want to do a story, pick the one with the most coverage.  I won't even go into the story of another friend on the east coast who lost two homes in two hurricanes within two weeks. 


Dr. Phil, your efforts are to be commended and praised, but honestly, you should focus on ALL hurricane victims, not just Katrina, what a total insult to victims of hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jean, etc.  Do we not matter?  Do you know the numbers before Hurricane Jean hit that year is four out of five homes in the state of Florida were hit already?  THE whole state was hit that year, not just one town. 


I could only wish that you could talk to the survivors of the Florida hurricanes for equal coverage, that's all. 


I thank you for all you've done, especially for the children of Katrina.  I know I wrote you before to include my friend who has four kids who were hit from Hurricane Charley, and your audience coordinator called her with the wonderful news that your staff was flying her out there, placing her in a hotel, etc.  They received all the wonderful gifts you gave out on that Christmas show.  Let me tell you, it lifted their spirits.  You have NO idea how much it lifted their spirits.  And it's what you CAN I acknowledge it. 


I truly think though, that you should focus on a DISASTER relief program, not just Katrina.  You're slighting so many people that way.  You have brought so much focus on a need, and there is so much more you could do.  Just give it some thought is all I ask. 


Thank you for allowing me to air my thoughts.


Sincerely, Kathleen of Port Charlotte

 Bravo! What a great post. I live on the East coast in Central FL. We took a hit from Frances, then Jeanne.  While our  destruction was not  near what N.O. and Mississippi or even Port Charlotte area of FL  or Pensacola got, we did have our own personal hell going on here too. There are still people, 2 yrs later, with tarps for roofs, or living in FEMA trailers. There was an area in Cocoa that was refused help because it was not declared a disaster area. It flooded so badly , that some houses had to be condemned. Yes, people should get flood insurance. But, this area had never flooded before. No one knew it would happen. Yet, they received no help.

I have been to Port Charlotte. What a horrible thing to happen to such a beautiful place.

I feel sorry for the people of N.O. I really do. But, I wish people would realize that N.O. is NOT the ONLY place that suffered.
August 27, 2006, 7:33 pm CDT

08/28 Hurricane Katrina: One Year Later

what is happening there right now is very tragic but right now us here in florida need help we have a cat. 4 coming in and you people still talk about this 3 days aftermath of hurrican charley and it was gone but this oh big deal the levies break and you guys talk about it 1 year later well we had how many deaths ghere as well for the 3 storms that hit us in 1 year and all of the flooding and all of the home lossage do you relize my subdivision had nearly all of the home replaceing new roofs caports sheds and it was flooded prettty bad as well and power was out for only a matter of hours but one of my friends lives in mamii and she was without power from aug. till the day after thanks giving wow some time? just about the same as new orleans how come dr.phil isn;t going down to mamii for the aftermath of hurrican wilma that hit recently last year? or coming to florida for the aftermath of hurricanes charley, franis, and jene? answer me that please...
August 27, 2006, 7:37 pm CDT

Lets be fair - Keep talking

I was so hopeful when I seen others that agree that to much media coverage is about New Orleans and not enough about every place else hit by Katrina and other hurricanes.


If we will speak up then the focus can change from one small area to the thousands of others that felt the impact of Katrina. 


Keep talking - only then can we finally lift our eyes from the media blitz and see into the shadows and send hope to all those there that need to know - someone cares about you!

August 27, 2006, 7:45 pm CDT

why dont the gambling casinos help rebuild?

it seems to me they would be the first to give back to all the people in which they have taken so much from in both new orleans and mississippi, i see whear they are back up and going busisess as always, i know they bring a lot of money into ther city whear thear located but most of the money they bring in is spent inside the casinos, how do they relly binifit the people living thear? relly how do they relly help local economy? i relly do not understand, do the casinos give local businesses 10% of the take? do they give any of it to local officals? do they give any of it to charrity? i relly do wonder about this, when i still see so many people that cant feed thear famileys and have no homes to live in,  well i guess they could just go to the casinos and hang out as long as they dont have children under the legal age < relly it just dosent make scence to me ,poor people need all the help the goverment can give and i know for a fact this country pays enough taxes to have rebuilt every home that was lost in both states, why in the hell are thear people with out a home still? god i wish i could give a home to all that are in need, seeing our governent not doing nothing brings tears to my heart,
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