Good morning, we are reporting live from the Louisiana Superdome where 30,000 displaced Americans are seeking shelter from the damage that Hurricane Katrina has caused in the past week.
The estimated casualty count is at 1,000, however could be more and is still rising.
Last Sunday, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin issued an evacuation to avoid further damages to the city and it’s residents lives - while this warning resulted in the evacuation of 1.2 million people, tens of thousands of citizens were left behind and have since sought shelter in the New Orleans convention city as well as here.
We are here today to gather more information from survivors. Many families have been separated - parents have lost their children and fear the worst.
Could you tell us what happened to you?
It was very scary because when all of the warnings were getting sent out and we were getting told to evacuate immediately I didn’t know where my daughter sandy was because she was at a birthday party. We needed to evacuate immediately because the hurricane was getting really bad and I had all of our stuff packed up. When my daughter got home from her party the wind was getting really strong so we left to seek refuge. She was really scared so I had to stay strong and be brave for her, and that is how I ended up here. We just thank the Lord every day for blessing us with being together and staying alive and strong.
Unfortunately, not all families were as lucky as theirs and have not yet been reunited. Hundreds of missing person reports have come in since the hurricane struck, many of them children. Here children of all ages are residing after escaping the hurricane. How are you feeling after the hurricane?