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Hurricane Katrina relief at New Orleans Airport, Labor Day weekend 2005 5:00 pm, Friday, September 2, 2005, the convoy is lined up, ready to head south.

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Hurricane Katrina relief at New Orleans Airport, Labor Day weekend 2005 The Katrina Relief Convoy included 6 18-wheelers, a pick-up with a fuel trailer and the Shannon Hills Ambulance. Altogether, there were 18 volunteers who made the trip. The trucks and trailers were provided free of charge by Betty Richards and Rich Logistics, Xpeditor Xpress, Ole West Express, and Timmons Trucking.

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Hurricane Katrina relief at New Orleans Airport, Labor Day weekend 2005 Debbie Barclay led the group in prayer just prior to departure. Everyone joined hands and gave thanks for the unselfish contributions made by many people to help those left in need by Hurricane Katrina.

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Hurricane Katrina relief at New Orleans Airport, Labor Day weekend 2005 Phil Wyrick who heads the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission and also lives near Shannon Hills, obtained use of two milk tankers which the City of Shannon Hills filled with bulk water for the relief effort. Thousands of central Arkansas residents contributed to the relief effort. The contributions included everything from money to bottled water and from food to diapers.

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Hurricane Katrina relief at New Orleans Airport, Labor Day weekend 2005 We saw truckloads of relief supplies such as this National Guard truck headed into New Orleans. The only traffic we saw coming out of South Louisiana were emergency vehicles and buses full of evacuees. Security was tight as we neared the City, early Saturday, September 3, 2005.

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Hurricane Katrina relief at New Orleans Airport, Labor Day weekend 2005 Entering New Orleans International Airport. Early Saturday Morning

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Hurricane Katrina relief at New Orleans Airport, Labor Day weekend 2005 Police Chief Richard Friend and Officer Steve Smith transported elderly or injured evacuees from helicopters like the ones below to the terminal building.

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Hurricane Katrina relief at New Orleans Airport, Labor Day weekend 2005 Alderman Diane C. Smith-Everett distributes water to arriving evacuees.

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Hurricane Katrina relief at New Orleans Airport, Labor Day weekend 2005 According to reports approximately thirty thousand evacuees were brought to the airport while we were there. (top of the picture) Notice the network news trucks lined-up on the ramp above the entrance to the terminal.

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Hurricane Katrina relief at New Orleans Airport, Labor Day weekend 2005 Shannon Hills Alderman and Saline County Justice of the Peace Mike Kemp calls for more assistance while in the background you see Chief Friend and Keith Everett distribute water to evacuees.

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Hurricane Katrina relief at New Orleans Airport, Labor Day weekend 2005 Many of the evacuees we saw were injured or for some other reason needed help to get from the rescue helicopters to the airport terminal.

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Hurricane Katrina relief at New Orleans Airport, Labor Day weekend 2005 The Shannon Hills ambulance was a welcome sight for many evacuees arriving at the airport in the extreme heat.

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Hurricane Katrina relief at New Orleans Airport, Labor Day weekend 2005 Dozens of helicopters constantly cycled in and out bringing thousands of evacuees who were trapped by floodwater.

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Hurricane Katrina relief at New Orleans Airport, Labor Day weekend 2005 Unloading relief supplies from a Rich Logistics trailer. Among the volunteers are Shannon Hills Alderman Mike Kemp (blue shirt) and his son, Jason (black shirt).

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Hurricane Katrina relief at New Orleans Airport, Labor Day weekend 2005 Keith Everett, the husband of Alderman Diane C. Smith-Everett was a very versatile member of the relief team. He is seen here operating two different types of machinery used to unload the trucks. Keith Everett also drove the eighteen wheeler which led the relief convoy to south Louisiana.

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Hurricane Katrina relief at New Orleans Airport, Labor Day weekend 2005 Helicopters laden with tons of supplies had to be unloaded by hand because the forklift available on the tarmac was too large to enter the aircraft cargo hold. There were only two Servicemen onboard to unload this big aircraft. They were REALLY glad we were there to help them.

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Hurricane Katrina relief at New Orleans Airport, Labor Day weekend 2005 Shannon Everett (without a cap), the son of Keith and Alderman Diane C. Smith-Everett helps move an injured evacuee to the Shannon Hills ambulance parked behind them.

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Hurricane Katrina relief at New Orleans Airport, Labor Day weekend 2005 The end of a very long day, about to begin the long trip home

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Hurricane Katrina relief at New Orleans Airport, Labor Day weekend 2005 The Pastors’ Resource Council working with FEMA helped coordinate the delivery of our relief supplies.

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Hurricane Katrina relief at New Orleans Airport, Labor Day weekend 2005 We want to thank the many people who helped make this effort possible. Central Arkansas residents began bringing donations to a collection point at Bale Chevrolet shortly after the storm hit the coast. Other businesses involved in the relief effort include Cliff Peck Chevrolet, Rich Logistics, Xpeditor Xpress, Ole West Express, Timmons Trucking, Shannon Hills Pharmacy, Family First Security Systems and Tom Landreth Nursery Company. Betty Richards, Hunter Bale, Keith and Diane Everett, Sean Kelly, Saline County Justice of the Peace Mike Kemp, Shannon Hills Mayor Larance Davis and their families were also heavily involved in the relief effort. Dennis Aaron Ministries working with Calvary Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana, and New Roads Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, helped coordinate the distribution of the relief supplies.

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