Progress In New Orleans

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Looks like the citizens who didn’t want to go will be forced to leave.

Good.

CNN has the story.

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) — 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.

We can only hope for the best now.

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