Katrina, 5 years later, the Superdome coverage

By Fred Childers – bio|email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – "It's destruction everywhere I turn," said one New Orleans resident while sitting on the side of the highway.

Even when the destruction hadn't been fully realized, New Orleans residents who were being rescued from their homes couldn't believe what they were seeing.

After the first day, these evacuees were put on busses, and shipped to dryer ground.

A fate, their fellow New Orleans residents, in retrospect, would have preferred.

They would spend days inside the dome, enduring unthinkable conditions.

Meanwhile, my photographer Scott Pace and I worked to breach the heavily guarded perimeter around New Orleans, in order to tell the stories coming out of Downtown New Orleans.

"When y'all see the police units y'all can't put the cameras on us," said one police officer as we drove through a roadblock.

But once we arrived, we were given full access.

"We see you guys walking around with your automatic weapons, is it as bad as it looks?" I asked an armed National Guard. "No, it's not as bad as it looks," he said.

But inside the dome, where it smelled putrid, it was another story.

"You can't use the bathroom because you can't flush," said one lady waiting to get on a bus outside of the Louisiana Superdome.

She went onto say that she would go without eating, because she would frequently throw up from the stench.

For that reason, and many more authorities worked to organize a convoy of busses, and with a look of hopelessness, and confusion, the exhausted evacuees loaded up on busses, to go somewhere else.

The place didn't matter, as long as it wasn't there.

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