Wednesday, September 07, 2005

New Orleans will force evacuations

New Orleans' mayor ordered law enforcement agencies Tuesday night to remove everyone from the city who is not involved in cleaning up after Hurricane Katrina, whether they want to go or not.
Mayor Ray Nagin instructed all public safety officers "to compel the evacuation of all persons ... regardless of whether such persons are on private property or do not desire to leave," according to a written statement from his office.
The order did not apply to people in Algiers on the West Bank side of Orleans Parish.
Many residents have refused to leave New Orleans despite a mandatory evacuation and warnings from government officials that staying in the flooded city represents a health risk. Rescue workers say many holdouts have insisted on staying in their homes or makeshift residences rather than obey the mandatory evacuation order Nagin first put into effect on August 28, the day before Katrina crashed ashore.Some said they were concerned about their property being looted, while others were unaware of disaster's full extent, worried about their pets or concerned that conditions would be even worse in shelters.The standing water in New Orleans is contaminated with E. coli bacteria, a highly placed official in the New Orleans mayor's office told CNN on Tuesday.U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona said conditions in the city are "really unsafe at this point."
Aftermath widespread
The disaster area left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina covers the Gulf Coast from southeast Louisiana to Mobile, Alabama -- and at least 150 miles inland. The storm crushed houses, leaving some towns little more than wood piles.
The storm surge along the Mississippi coast reached more than 20 feet in some areas and knocked out power for most of the state as a diminishing Katrina continued its destructive trail northward last week.
Tuesday, more than 350,000 customers were still without electricity. All but one of Mississippi's major highways have reopened.
Other states were shouldering some of the burden by taking in evacuees and sending crews to help in search-and-recovery, cleanup or shelter operations.
The Louisiana Superdome was so heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath that it likely will have to be torn down, according to a spokesperson for Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco.
Katrina sheared away much of the roof's covering, and rainwater began leaking into the stadium when it was being used as a shelter of last resort for thousands of residents stranded by the storm.
The Superdome is the home of the New Orleans Saints professional football team. The NFL season begins this weekend, and it is not clear where the Saints will play.


Blogger NYgirl said...

While I am not sure if this is legal, I do think this is a good idea considering what happened before.

8:13 PM  
Blogger Dovely said...

Hey hon. Glad you got thru Katrina without any scars. Eastern AL did fine through the storm, although N. Alabama did recieve a good whopping, but nothing that we can't handle round here.

Sis and family are fine, and thankfully so is thier home. They are staying with me until power comes back on in her area. They live directly across the causeway from New Orleans, so roughly 27 miles away. I don't know how she got so lucky because they are about 20 minuets from Slidell that was hit so badly.

Thanks so much for your continued prayers and I'm so glad you and yours faired well through the storm!

9:16 PM  
Blogger cyouincourt007 said...

agreed NY girl...after the last evac debacle....I'd feel safer @ home than in the terrordome...I wouldn't trust them to evac me and not lock me up somewhere without food and water

Dovely...thank you for letting me know how yall folks are doing....thank God your all ok...this is such a tragedy on such a large's great to hear some folks are hangin in there and lookin out for each moms was @ her sisters until a few days ago when they got the juice back on : )

5:47 AM  

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