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Monday, September 12, 2005

Police Trapped Thousands in New Orleans

Rogers Cadenhead at the Workbench explains why people just didn't walk out of New Orleans instead of waiting to be rescued. The article also shed some light on why some people were found dead on the bridge trying to leave NOLA.

As the situation grew steadily worse in New Orleans last week, you might have wondered why people didn't just leave on foot. The Louisiana Superdome is less than two miles from a bridge that leads over the Mississippi River out of the city.

The answer: Any crowd that tried to do so was met by suburban police, some of whom fired guns to disperse the group and seized their water.

Around 500 people stuck in downtown New Orleans after the storm banded together for self-preservation, making sure the oldest and youngest among them were taken care of before looking after their own needs.

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