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.
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.
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.
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.
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.