Katrina & Beyond

Katrina Took Deadly Toll on Elderly

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Sharon Morang

Sharon Morang's 70-year-old father Robert was found dead of a heart attack in his apartment with the doors barricaded by furniture. Frank Morris hide caption

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More than 1,300 people in Louisiana died during Hurricane Katrina and the ensuing floods last year. And while the deaths cut across all races, it was age that appeared to determine the likelihood of survival. Nearly 40 percent of the people identified so far were over the age of 71.

Audie Cornish talks with the relatives of three elderly people who died. Nicholas Barrow, Edward Cherrie and Sharon Morang all lost elderly loved ones in the storm and its aftermath.

'August 29th'

Leo Barrow wrote this poem for his sister Leola Lyons, 72, who died in Hurricane Katrina.

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