Hurricane Katrina Evacuees Arrive in Houston

Sign O The Times
  Sign O The Times

On the way to Minute Maid Park tonight, I drove by Reliant Stadium and snapped a few photos of the press corps who were getting ready for the bus-loads of people being transferred from the Superdome to the Astrodome.

TV Antennas Rising
  Network Antennas Rising

Word among the news corps was that the first group of buses would arrive around midnight and start streaming in for the next 24 hours. Many of them wondered who was picking up the tab for the gasoline to drive over 500 buses of people from New Orleans to Houston. I found it interesting to watch the TV people practice their speeches.

News Corps Sunset
  News Corps Sunset

After taking a few photos of the news encampment, I went to the Astros game ~ the one I had mentioned in an earlier post. The

20 Comments so far

  1. Orion (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 6:11 am

    Were there really reporters wondering who was picking up the tab for gasoline? Because if there were then they were pretty stupid reporters.

    Or was it regular citizens/non-reporters? Of that group I will be more forgiving.

  2. Robert (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 6:25 am

    Leave it to the press to be completely insensitive to the dilemna these folks are going through. They just want “the story”. It also strikes me as odd that there was a baseball game going on as refugees were arriving from a natural disaster. Was there even any mention during the game?

  3. Jason (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 10:05 am

    Excellent pictures! Just excellent!

  4. Laurence Simon (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 11:39 am

    Correction: The dishes are the out-of-towners/networkers. The antennas are the locals, unless they’re feeding back to their stations and relaying out via satellite.

  5. katya (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 12:17 pm

    WOW! Absolutely loved the photos and mini-views. What a fabulous perspective – I’m so sick of reading other boring news reports. This was the ‘real’ news – very candid and very cool. Nice job, pablo!

  6. Governor (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 1:19 pm

    Orion: Yes, the comment came from several reporters who were sitting around waiting for the buses to arrive.

    Robert: The baseball game was at Minute Maid… the evacuees were taken to the Astrodome/Reliant Center. During the baseball game, there were several announcements about donations for the evacuees.

    Jason & Katya: Thanks dude… wish the photos could have been clearer.

    Laurence: I double checked my other photos and found that it was a mix… some TV stations (such as Telemundo, Univision, ABC 13, Fox 7) had the massive antennas and some (like NBC 5) had the dishes. I truly don’t know the differences between the set-ups… I just though the spectacle was interesting to look at.

  7. MGal (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 2:30 pm

    Terrific series of photos and comments. Brings even more humanity to the devasation…

  8. Chica (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 5:25 pm

    Good job. What an excellent reporter you are.

  9. banjo jones (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 11:52 pm

    nice job

  10. Becky (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2005 @ 3:22 pm

    Does anyone know the damage to Lake Chateau Apartments in Kenner, LA?

  11. Sue (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2005 @ 3:52 pm

    I’m in MN……Found your blog this morning searching for some good news. From your postings I was able to locate a Houston church that has refugees where I can send a check that will be used immediately :-) Keep up the interviews….it puts a face to the tragedy.

  12. Manetha Davis Hurst (unregistered) on September 5th, 2005 @ 5:30 pm

    We are looking for our Aunt’s
    Doris Leblanc and Mable Washington someone told a member of our family that they were seen in a Texas Shelter. Please contact me if they are located.

    Thank You,

  13. dawn croft (unregistered) on September 7th, 2005 @ 5:27 pm

    i am looking for my aunt and uncle Robert Joseph Wright and Elzina A. Wright, please email me if you have seen them. Thanks!

  14. heather (unregistered) on September 7th, 2005 @ 8:31 pm

    I was driving on the Texas Highways today and noticed a car that had LA plates with the words “THANK YOU HOUSTON” written in shoe polish on the back window. Made my heart swell to be a Texan. God bless them (Katrina victims) and us (Texans).

  15. elsie bodden (unregistered) on September 8th, 2005 @ 1:40 pm

    GOD BLESS YOU ALL! Just remeber that everything happens for a reason. it took God7 days to create earth and what has happened is not out of HIS control. it is now when you must stand strong in faith and belive in HIS word for HE wont put you through anything that you cannot bear. And God bless the those who lost their lives and their loved ones but we should rejoice that GOD saved their souls and they live on in a better surrounding. Just know that we are prayng for you! Dont be a prisoner to you situation be a prisoner of HOPE! Dont give up, the storm is over and GOD WILL HAVE HIS WAY!

  16. Colin Dawson (unregistered) on September 8th, 2005 @ 7:39 pm

    I am worried about my children and my mother who I think evacuated to the Houston Astrodome. If you see them, have them contact me at Emter my name Colin Dawson as the subject of the email. My kids names are: Colisia, Angelica, and Ricki my mothers name is Floridine.

  17. Whitney (unregistered) on September 9th, 2005 @ 1:11 pm

    The pictures were good but no one appreciates what you got until you finaly lose it all in one day everything you worked for, your family, home, car, bills after bills all for nothing

  18. Janay Wheeler (unregistered) on November 10th, 2005 @ 4:44 pm

    yes I justwanted to say THANKS to allthe people that help all my families and friends out there in Houston.YOU GUYS Were an life saver all I can really say is all the NewOrleans evacuees is keep yall head up an be strong because NewOrleans will be rebuild an up an running the way it should be.Dont forget to say your Preys an keep believing.

  19. Ashley (unregistered) on January 24th, 2006 @ 8:07 am

    I am a college student and in one of my courses (Tactical Design: Hurricane Katrina) we are doing large amounts of research – my portion in particular regarding the evacuees. I was wondering if I may use your photographs to represent a different perspective on the situation.

  20. Governor (unregistered) on January 24th, 2006 @ 10:07 am

    Sure Ashley ~ I suppose you’ll need to reference the Hou MetBlog as a source.

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