<\body> Stories in America: New Orleans before and after Katrina

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

New Orleans before and after Katrina

The Center for Public Integrity, an excellent organization that still believes in investigative reporting, just posted videos of interviews with New Orleans residents talking about life before, during, and after the storm.

Solom Ellis spent three days in the attic of his mother's Lower Ninth Ward home, chopped a hole in the roof and escaped the rising floodwaters.

Jerry Schulin and his wife, Cynthia, give a tour of the FEMA trailer they call home until they can rebuild their Lakeview home.

The Center has compiled the interviews into a book, City Adrift: New Orleans Before and After Katrina.
In May 2006, the Sierra Club released results of air quality tests of 44 FEMA disaster-relief trailers that revealed concentrations of formaldehyde at a level used by professional embalmers. Controversy resurfaced last week when Congress looked into documents that revealed the agency's lawyers discouraged investigation into those reports. Watch the video of the Schulins and other New Orleans residents featured in City Adrift.


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