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August 26th, 2010
03:03 PM ET

Five years after Katrina, Heroes still needed in Louisiana

CNN Heroes

Program Note: Five years after Hurricane Katrina, see how three extraordinary CNN Heroes are determined to bring New Orleans back. Watch their inspiring story, hosted by Anderson Cooper: "CNN Heroes: Coming Back from Katrina," at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday on CNN.

Tad Agoglia is helping to clean up the oil spill, which has complicated comeback efforts

Tad Agoglia is helping to clean up the oil spill, which has complicated comeback efforts

When Tad Agoglia started to clean up the mess caused by Hurricane Katrina, he couldn't help thinking he was weeks behind schedule.

It was two months after the storm, and his crane operating company had just been hired to help in Louisiana.

"I wondered what it would have been like if I had been there on day one," Agoglia said.

Frustrated by the kind of bureaucratic red tape that delayed aid after Katrina, Agoglia started the First Response Team of America, a mobile, "24-hour-a-day firehouse" that provides free emergency aid within hours of a catastrophe. Since 2007, the nonprofit group has responded to many of the country's worst natural disasters, including floods in Rhode Island and Tennessee and tornadoes in Alabama and Mississippi.

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