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The Katrina Files: Gordon Cagnolatti, NOFD District Chief, On The 'Katrina Hilton'

Gordon Cagnolatti, District Chief, New Orleans Fire Department, discusses the creation of the West Bank compound — which came to be known as the “Katrina Hilton” — where the NOFD regrouped after the flood waters rose.

Interview by Mark Cave for The Historic New Orleans Collection, January 24, 2006.


The Katrina Files feature the perspectives of first responders who worked in New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Created by The Historic New Orleans Collection with the collaboration of WWNO, the series draws from oral history interviews conducted with members of local, state and federal response agencies. The more than 500 interviews that were done as part of this project form one of the most substantial historical resources on the storm’s painful and chaotic aftermath in New Orleans.

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