MONROE, LOUISIANA, USA
In the southern US state of Louisiana, rescue work and mopping-up operations are continuing in areas badly hit by winter floods.
MONROE, LOUISIANA, USA
1. Mr. Monroe, Louisiana: GV Man checking sandbags around his home, in rain-flooded area of Gourd Bayou. 0.10
2. SV/CU Frank Moore speaking to NBC News reporter Dan Molina outside his home. (3 SHOTS) 0.31
3. CU Sign posts. 0.33
4. SV/CU Stanley Mayer speaking to newsman. (2 SHOTS) 0.47
5. GV Flooded home. 0.49
6. SVs Moore family sandbagging relative's home. (2 SHOTS) 0.57
7. SV Moore family member speaking, as water is pumped from behind sandbags. (3 SHOTS) 1.09
8. GV People in boats in flooded area. (4 SHOTS) 1.28
9. SV Mr and Mrs Moore looking out window as sun breaks through clouds. 1.34
Reagan in Monroe, Louisiana (Visnews New York)
10. GV/SV President Reagan arriving at flooded Mississippi River and picking up shovel to help flood-relief workers fill in sandbags. (3 SHOTS) 1.56
11. GV Reagan travelling through flooded area in jeep. (2 SHOTS) 2.35
TRANSCRIPT: FRANK MOORE: (SEQ 2)"I told her last night, I said: 'This is it'. I said we just had to move it out. Give it up, that's right. We know we never accumulated much."
STANLEY MAYER: (SEQ 4) "Hell man, I'm looking down, I'm gonna say this... I've got eight years and eleven months left to pay on my place, and it'd be mine. And to stand here and watch it go under like this is no good feeling."
MOORE: (SEQ 6) "...we got out and got started... in the night... me and my boys coming here. They sandbagged it. Next morning, they got up and I came round, and we went all the way round ... and started staying ahead of things."
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Background: MONROE, LOUISIANA, USA
In the southern US state of Louisiana, rescue work and mopping-up operations are continuing in areas badly hit by winter floods. Among the worst-hit areas is the town of Monroe, where up to two thousand people have been driven from their homes by surging waters up to 1.5 metres (five feet) deep. One homeless resident, Frank Moore, said on January 2 he and his family had had no choice except to leave. Rain stopped on January 3, but authorities estimated the high-water point would not arrive until some days later. Frank Moore's son-in-law Stanley Mayer, said the effect of the floods had been devastating. Another member of the Moore family, John, told how he and his sons put sandbags around their house to try to stop water coming in. As rescue and salvage work went on. President Reagan arrived to see the extent of the damage. He said there would be Federal aid to help the estimated 10,000 people made homeless in Louisiana. State officials reckoned the floods had caused some 100 million dollars worth of damage in six counties. During his visit, President Reagan said on a local radio station the rest of the country was behind the flood-hit residents in Louisiana.
Source: NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY INCORPORATED/REUTERS, NEW YORK