As we remember five years since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, National Geographic Channel presents a special to mark the date. On Monday, Witness: Katrina will present video shot from various sources as the storm hit the area.
WITNESS: KATRINAMonday, August 23 at 9PM ET/PTOver the course of 72 hours, Hurricane Katrina went from a cataclysmic storm to a catastrophic flood, which in turn became an apocalyptic human tragedy. All the while, amateur videographers, news crews, and countless others were recording the sights and sounds of the unfolding chaos. Weaving together more than a dozen of these sources, Witness: Katrina reconstructs Hurricane Katrina as it happened, entirely through the eyes of those who experienced it.Residents wading through waist and chest deep water. © Chris Graythen/Getty ImagesVideo “Calm Before the Storm” – Residents of New Orleans enjoy an eerily quiet morning before the hurricane descends, and record footage of the deceiving calm.
Video “Caught in the Flood” – As Louisiana becomes overrun with flood water, some residents capture their harrowing experience firsthand on video.
Video “Rescuing Katrina Victims” – Follow firsthand witness accounts of Katrina victims as they are rescued by heroic citizens and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Later in September, National Geographic Channel will air a couple of additional specials on the Gulf Coast region that is now hit with the aftermath of the oil spill. After the Spill: The Last Catch will be focusing on the small town of Venice, LA, where families are struggling to continue making a living in the fishing/shrimping industry, while Explorer: Can the Gulf Survive? will track the oil spill clean-up efforts from sea, land, and air. Both programs are currently scheduled to air on Tuesday, September 28 at 9 and 10 PM ET/PT.
When the other programs are about to air, I’ll preview those as well.