Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
Posted on 9/8/2016
As historic flooding in Louisiana impacted at least 40,000 homes and claimed the lives of at least 13 people, local radio and television broadcasters provided remarkable lifeline news coverage around the clock. While other communications networks have failed, Louisiana’s broadcasters stayed on the air, even as many of them have lost their homes while reporting stories from the flooding. An example of broadcasters’ incredible coverage include this video from Raycom’s CBS affiliate WAFB of a group of men rescuing a drowning woman and her dog from a sinking car. The video has drawn tens of millions of views online and shed much-needed light on the plight of Louisianans.
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