• Short Summary

    VARIOUS, CATAHOULA PARISH, LOUISIANA & TIMES BEACH MISSOURI, USA

    Floodwaters rose higher in northern Louisiana on January 3, causing more suffering and damage in the southern United States state.

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    Visnews, New York (David Dix - Commentary)
    1. GV Floodwaters swirling through residential area in Catahoula Parish. 0.05
    2. SV Two adults and child in small boat. 0.11
    3. GVs Water around properties, with traffic on flooded road. 92 SHOTS 0.17
    4. GV Flooded residential streets in Pennyacre, Alexandria, with couple rowing small boat. (4 SHOTS) 0.33
    5. AV Flooded area north of Monroe. 0.38
    6. Gv Car crossing temporary bridge on road, constructed by National Guard (SOT) 0.49
    7. CU Sheriff Wandoff Choody speaking. (SOT) 0.54
    8. GVs Flooded parkland with ducks swimming in water. (2 SHOTS) 0.59
    9. GV & CU Monroe city workers manning pumps, spokesman comments. (SOT). (2 SHOTS) 1.13
    10. GVs Front-end loader travelling along flooded road. (2 SHOTS) 1.25
    NBC (Roger O'Neil - Commentary)
    11. GVs Times Beach worker in protective clothing. (3 SHOTS) 1.34
    12. GVs Man working in timber yard, traffic on road, bulldozer at work. (3 SHOTS) 1.41
    13. GV & SV Road closed signs warning of possible toxic contamination. (2 SHOTS) 1.45
    14. SV & TRACKING SHOT Cars along unsealed road, deserted residential area. (2 SHOTS) 1.53
    15. GVs Officials give news conference to announce Federal disaster status. (2 SHOTS) 1.59
    16. GVs & SV People inspecting damaged buildings and debris (3 SHOTS) 2.08
    17. SV Worker hosing down caravan. 2.12
    18. SVs Man carrying timber. (2 SHOTS) 2.18
    19. SCUs Man and woman speaking about problem. (SOT) (2 SHOTS) 2.34
    20. GV PAN U.S. flag and Times Beach sign, intersection of roads. 2.43
    TRANSCRIPT: SHERIF CHOODY: (SEQS 6 & 7) "It just gives us and them the opportunity to come in and get out. Gives us a few more day's sunshine, we'll be relaxed around here."
    WORKER'S SPOKESMAN: (SEQ 9) "We're right now in a holding pattern. We're taking it down very gradually."
    REPORTER: "Is the crisis over?"
    SPOKESMAN: "We certainly hope so. We're waiting on the weather right now and that sun helps us quite a bit."
    (VOXPOP SEQ 20):
    MAN: "They haven't said nothing."
    WOMAN: "Haven't told us anything."
    MAN: "They ain't saying one way of the other. They say that there's going to be something done, but they don't say when."
    WOMAN: "Like I told my son this morning, I'm getting so worried and so weak I don't know how long I can take it."
    InitialsRdeL/JRS

    NOTE TO EDITORS: THIS STORY HAS COMMENTARY BY REPORTER DAVID DIX (SEQS 1-10) AND NBC REPORTER ROGER O'NEIL (SEQS 11-20), WHICH MAY BE USED IF REQUIRED.
    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: VARIOUS, CATAHOULA PARISH, LOUISIANA & TIMES BEACH MISSOURI, USA

    Floodwaters rose higher in northern Louisiana on January 3, causing more suffering and damage in the southern United States state. Ten thousand people have been forced from their homes and damage was estimated at 200 million dollars. As the Mississippi River carried more water down stream, inundating towns in Catahoula Paris, another 175 families had to be evacuated. They were told it could be two months or more before they will be able to return to their homes. The Pennyacre subdivision of Alexandria may have seen the worst of the floods, with the level slowly receding, but streets were still waterways and a small boat the best form of transportation. North of the city of Monroe, the water trapped about 30 families for a week, and the area was only reopened after the National Guard set up an emergency bridge. Sheriff Wandoff Choody (phonetic) said a few days of sunshine would help relieve the crisis. The sun did shine on January 3 and for the residents of the flood hit areas it was a most welcome sight. The break in the weather was also welcomed by city workers in Monroe who have been manning pumps around the clock. They said they had achieved a holding pattern and were able to reduce the flooded level very gradually. U.S. Federal officials were due to inspect the damage and advise President Ronald Reagan on the type of aid required to help rehabilitate Catahoula Parish. Floods in December not only caused damage to business premises and homes in Times Beach, Missouri, but may have spread an extremely toxic chemical through the area. Wearing protective clothing, these workers are checking for Dioxin poisoning. The chemical was in oil water sprinkled on dirt roads to hold dust down. The floods dissolved the oil and spread the chemical, leaving some soil with toxic levels 100 times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency permits. Since the disclosure, Times Beach has remained almost deserted, with only 300 of the town's 2,300 residents returning to clean up their flood-damaged homes. Officials have anno
    unced Federal disaster status, but help is only for flood victims, not people affected by the problems caused by the spreading of the toxic chemical. It does mean that rent-free housing will be made available, and the debris behind by the floods will be removed to a hazardous waste site. Workers are required to hose down anything which may have come in contact with the Diozin, but relief cannot come quickly enough for the residents of Times Beach. They are concerned for their health and have called for quick government action to render the area safe.

    Source: VIA NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY INCORPORATED (C) AND NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY INCORPORATED

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF3XXTWET6ANA837M17P4KLFND
    Media URN:
    VLVAF3XXTWET6ANA837M17P4KLFND
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/01/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:45:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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