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KRVS Local
6:25 pm
Wed November 2, 2005

Cajundome Moves Final Evacuees

Kendell Simon outside the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA.
Photo by Beth Fertig

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.

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KRVS Local
2:47 pm
Wed October 12, 2005

Red Cross Provides Applications in Person

Red Cross workers at the Acadiana Branch office in Scott
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.

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KRVS Local
2:29 pm
Tue October 11, 2005

New Orleans Culture Evacuates to Lafayette

Accordion player Bruce Daigrepont at the Festivals Acadiens in Lafayette. Pictured left to right are Amanda Lefleur, Terry Huval, Bruce Daigrepont and D.L. Menard.
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.

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KRVS Local
12:56 pm
Mon October 10, 2005

Hurricane Evacuees Adapt to Lafayette Schools

Woodvale Elementary Kindergarten teacher Tonya Lambert, who is an evacuee from St. Bernard Parish
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.

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KRVS Local
5:46 pm
Tue October 4, 2005

Sweet Home New Orleans

Jan and Dave Spizale with lots of cleaning supplies and headed for New Orleans to their son's apartment.
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.

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