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Lafayette, Louisiana – Over the past two months, Lafayette's Cajundome has hosted more than 7,000 evacuees from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. But in recent weeks, the shelter's population dwindled. And this week, the Dome finally closed down - moving the remaining 80 people to a smaller shelter. 15-year old Kendell Simon and his mother, brother and sister were among the first to arrive and the last to leave. Using a recorder on loan from KRVS, Kendell recorded his final few days there - and his mixed feelings about leaving.

by Beth Fertig

Lafayette, Louisiana – After enduring weeks of frustration, trying to apply for Red Cross cash assistance by telephone, evacuees are now able to apply in person. Thousands of people have applied already in the Lafayette area, prompting the Red Cross to close some offices now that it says they aren't as busy. The Acadiana chapter in Scott, however, is still taking applications. Reporter Beth Fertig visited the office and produced this piece.

photo by Beth Fertig

October 10, 2005 – In the past six weeks, Lafayette Parish has absorbed as many as 30- or 40-thousand Hurricane evacuees. Most are from the New Orleans area - including some key players in the city's arts and music community. Those musicians and artists are now trying to help each other get employment, healthcare and support while they're in "exile" from New Orleans.

photo by Beth Fertig

October 7, 2005 – More than three thousand students have enrolled in the Lafayette Parish school system since Hurricane Katrina. Some stayed for only a few days until their families were able to return home. Others are still here. And another wave of students enrolled this week after Hurricane Rita. At Woodvale Elementary School, more than 70 students are hurricane evacuees: about 10 percent of the school's population.

Photo by Beth Fertig

October 4, 2005 – KRVS General Manager Dave Spizale is a native New Orleanian. Join him and his wife, Jan, for their first trip back to the Crescent City since Hurricane Katrina to clean up their son's empty Uptown apartment. Produced by Beth Fertig and engineer Ivan Klisanin.

Oct. 3rd, 2005 – The Lafayette Parish school system began enrolling evacuees from Hurricane Rita on October 3rd, along with some Katrina evacuees who were forced to evacuate a second time. Parents stood in line to fill out forms at the Vermilion Conference Center on Gauthier Rd.

Photo by Beth Fertig

Sept. 30, 2005 – Louisiana's annual sugar festival was supposed to have taken place in September. But it was postponed, for the first time anyone can remember since World War II, because of Hurricane Rita. And so was the harvest. Farmers throughout coastal Louisiana are still waiting to see how badly their fields were damaged by the latest storm.

, Beth Fertig

Lafayette, LA – Army Lt. General Russel Honore speaks in Lafayette with City Parish President Joey Durel about relief efforts involving the National Guard and the military.

Lafayette, LA – Many businesses in Lafayette are closing this afternoon if they haven't already. As KRVS reporter Beth Fertig found earlier today, residents were shopping as long as they could.

Beth Fertig

Lafayette, LA – Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel with Army Lt. General Russel Honore at the press conference held earlier today at Lafayette City Hall

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