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(NO) Eyewitness notes

Some people apparently couldn't leave New Orleans post-hurricane. As in they were NOT allowed to.....

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heliograph
Sep. 8th, 2005 08:49 pm (UTC)
All of that jives with what I've heard from people on the ground and my experiences living in the area. For what it's worth, in Metairie in Jefferson Parish the sheriff's department did exactly what that blogger was expecting: they opened up a store and distributed critical supplies. When my mom asked the sheriffs if she could buy a Coke from the store, they told her 1) nothing was for sale and 2) no. They did give her water, though. So they were distributing food and water in an orderly fashion from a store without requiring looting first. But again, that wasn't in New Orleans.

Refugees coming into East Jefferson from Orleans Parish were also re-routed to a holding area (the Causeway overpass) but were given food and water and then shipped out.

Mom's also indicated that the bulk of the actual relief has come from "good Christians" distributing food and water outside of the government structure in her area as well.

I suspect this is just the first of many, many stories like this that'll come out once its all over. New Orleans is going to take a black eye to its tourism that it may not recover from until all the people involved have grown old and died.
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