Reality show donates house in New Orleans

'Make It Right' films special as Gustav approaches

TORONTO -- Talk about cutting it close.

With tropical storm Gustav winding its way toward New Orleans, a Canadian reality TV shoot on Friday dramatically handed over a new storm-safe house to a grandmother left homeless by Katrina.

A spokesman for Toronto-based producer Make It Right Prods., which has partnered with Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation, said that the crew of Global Television's "Make It Right: New Orleans," was "under some pressure to get it done," but able to complete and present the home under deceptively blue skies.

The TV show, set to air in the fall as a two-hour special on Global and as an extended six-hour series on HGTV, is hosted by Mike Holmes, star of a popular Canadian home renovation show.

Through the summer, TV cameras captured the building of an eco-friendly prototype home in New Orleans' Katrina-ravaged Lower Ninth Ward. The home went to a 68-year-old grandmother who waited on her roof for eight hours as Katrina floodwaters collected around her house and swept her daughter to her death.

The new four-bedroom home was built to withstand New Orleans' next 100-year hurricane.
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