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LDWF Agents Lead Search & Rescue in New Orleans (2005)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2005-09-23

Duration: 00:04:25

Subjects: Hurricane Katrina, 2005 | Hurricanes | Natural Disasters | Disaster response and recovery | Louisiana. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries | Search and rescue boats


  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Crews, Keith Photographer
  • Zechenelly, Rachel Interviewee
  • Gomillion, Billy Interviewee


This segment from the September 23, 2005, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features producer Kevin Gautreaux’s report on the role of agents from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries leading the search and rescue operations in New Orleans in the weeks following Hurricane Katrina. Sergeant Rachel Zechenelly and Sergeant Billy Gomillion share their firsthand accounts of evacuating residents by boat from the Greater New Orleans area in the first two weeks after the storm. In total, more than 21,000 people were rescued from the area. Hosts: Robyn Ekings and Charlie Whinham