Documentary examines N.O. hours after Hurricane Katrina

July 4, 2006

News Features staff
Published: Jun 21, 2006


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“Drowning New Orleans,” a documentary examining what happened in the city during the first 48 hours after Hurricane Katrina, will debut at 8 p.m. today on National Geographic Channel, only available on digital cable.

Baton Rouge native Lawrence Cumbo was the producer, director and cinematographer on the project, which brought him home to “a dying city,” as he described New Orleans in a blog on the National Geographic Channel Web site.

“Personally, this is a place where I’ve celebrated births, weddings and even funerals — and standing at dusk near Claiborne and Tulane Avenue — it all seemed unreal, so massive, it was overwhelming,” Cumbo wrote.

Cumbo and his crew made their way through the city in a four-wheel-drive sport utility vehicle, and got a chilling overview of the city in a Coast Guard chopper.

They spent several days there, and in between filmings, delivered food, diesel, water, inhalers and pets, and checked on many homes and businesses at the request of friends, family and strangers.

National Geographic Channel is on digital cable Channel 108. The show will re-air at 11 p.m. tonight, 6 p.m. Saturday, and 4 p.m. June 28.

Story originally published in The Advocate

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