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					                                                                                                                                                                                    THE TIMES-PICAYUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2005 5

                                                             HURRIC ANE KATRIN A AFTERMATH

                                     Forces called in to curb widespread looting
      By Ed Anderson,                and SWAT units will be working       were forced to prioritize their        truck that fled the scene, but he            concern, said Arthur Wiese Jr.,           Meanwhile, Department of
     Michael Perlstein               with the New Orleans Police          overwhelmed enforcement effort.        lost the truck amid fallen trees.         vice president of corporate com-          Public Safety and Corrections
   and Robert Travis Scott           Department to reduce looting,            For instance, Winn-Dixie s            Upon surveying the thefts, the         munications for Entergy.                  Secretary Richard Stalder said that
          Capital bureau             which New Orleans City Council       Riverside Market Place on              officer said the most conspicuous             We can t send workers out and         because of high water, lack of air
   Hoping to curb widespread         President Oliver Thomas called       Tchoupitoulas Street was breached      missing items were all the                put their lives in jeopardy, he said      conditioning, food shortage and
looting, New Orleans law enforce-    widespread and major looting.        in the morning by foragers who         weapons from the store s knife            late Wednesday afternoon from             lack of potable water, his office
ment is getting an infusion of 200        They are looting houses and     broke through a metal security         case.                                     the one of the company s storm            and local police have moved all
State Police troopers and 350        businesses, he said. Gangs are       door. Eight police officers in            Similar scenes were reported           command centers in Jackson,               1,112 inmates from the Jefferson
Louisiana National Guard troops,     sticking people up in their homes.   marked cruisers made it to the         across the storm-ravaged region.          Miss. Once we have facilities             Parish Correctional Center to state
Another 500 Guard troops may be      They are looting gun stores; they    parking lot by noon, but they had a    In Gretna, 50 people have been            back operating, we have to know           prisons or parish jails with avail-
deployed to the area in the coming   are stealing guns out of Wal-        more pressing problem than peo-        arrested;     in   unincorporated         that our workers can get to work          able beds in other parts of the
weeks.                               Marts.                               ple walking off with food and          Jefferson, 30 have been arrested.         safely.                                   state.
   Gov. Kathleen Blanco also sent        Besides State Police, 350        liquor.                                   State Rep. Arthur Morrell, D-
                                                                                                                                                               We are as alarmed as anyone              Department spokeswoman Pam
a strong message to scofflaws who    Louisiana National Guard troops           The officers were rushing to a    New Orleans, said he has seen
                                                                                                                                                           over the chaos in the city. It is a       Laborde said the convoy of buses
loot guns, merchandise and food      will be deployed to New Orleans      break-in next door at the Sports       some people looting for sur-
                                     to help patrol the streets, said     Authority, desperate to secure the     vival by taking food from stores.         very serious question, Wiese said.        made the trip to St. Gabriel s Hunt
from New Orleans area stores in                                                                                                                               Attorney General Charles Foti,         Correctional Center for processing
the aftermath of Hurricane           Guard spokesman Lt. Kevin            store s stockpile of guns and          He said one store even invited
                                     Cowan.                               ammunition.                            neighborhood residents to take            a former criminal sheriff in New          on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Katrina: You will be arrested and                                                                                                                          Orleans, said his office and New             Stalder said more than 2,100 of
prosecuted.                              Another 500 troops may be              I think we ran them off before   food before it spoiled.
                                     deployed to New Orleans in the       they got any of it, said the com-         But others, he said, are stealing      Orleans officials are trying to set       the 5,100 inmates were moved
     We will do what it takes to                                                                                                                           up a temporary detention center           from the Orleans Parish Prison by
restore law and order, Blanco        next two days to work with police    manding officer at the scene. The      items such as electronic appli-
                                     in the area, Cowan said.             police secured the store with          ances, tennis shoes and furniture.        in New Orleans to house and               late Wednesday and another 3,000
said during a news conference                                                                                                                              process those arrested for looting        would be moved to other state and
Wednesday afternoon. We will             He said some consideration is    heavy plywood before moving on           They don t need that for sur-
                                     also being given to deploying        to other emergencies.                  vival, he said. They can t take           and other crimes.                         parish jails in the next 36 to 48
not put up with petty criminals
                                     some of the Guard soldiers return-       At about 2 p.m., the officers      home the appliances and plug                 Until that is built, State Police      hours.
doing their business. We want to
                                     ing from Iraq to work hurricane      rushed back to disrupt a second        them in; there is no electricity.         officials said those arrested will be          It is being measured in hours,
take these people off the streets.
                                     disaster duty in New Orleans.        break-in at the sporting goods            The atmosphere of near anar-           sent to Fort Polk.                        not days, Stalder said.
   State Police spokeswoman Sgt.
Cathy Flinchum said 200 state            Looting in New Orleans was so    store. An officer in a squad car       chy in New Orleans is another                Officials could not estimate the
troopers assigned to riot control    widespread Wednesday that police     tried to chase a Bell South utility    major                                     number of looters.

                    REFUGEES FIND DOME
                   AN INTOLERABLE REFUGE
                                        t s worse than being in prison in there
                                                                                                                                             By Gordon Russell               Safety concerns                  a show of sympathy.
                                                                                                                                                    Staff writer                                                    Ray Nagin should
                                                                                                                                                                                 Others were leaving
                                                                                                                                               The Superdome resem-          because of concerns about        come speak to these peo-
                                                                                                                                           bled a scene from the             their safety. The Dome sit-      ple, said Julie Joseph, who
                                                                                                                                           Apocalypse on Wednesday           uation had deteriorated          huddled in a bleacher seat
                                                                                                                                           morning, with thousands of        noticeably from earlier          with friends who nodded in
                                                                                                                                           refugees trapped in a hell-       days, as new swarms of           agreement.       To be the
                                                                                                                                           ish environment of short          refugees and rescuees            mayor       he should have
                                                                                                                                           tempers, unbearable heat          arrived. On Wednesday            come in here. We got peo-
                                                                                                                                           and the overwhelming              morning, running water to        ple who lost family mem-
                                                                                                                                           stench of human waste.            the building was lost as it      bers.
                                                                                                                                               Evacuees told horror          was throughout the city              Even some of the police
                                                                                                                                           stories of assaults and the       making the already over-         officers and military mem-
                                                                                                                                           apparent suicide of a man         whelming          bathrooms      bers assigned to the Dome
                                                                                                                                           who leapt from a balcony.         downright noxious.                   none of whom wanted to
                                                                                                                                           Although none of the                  As people stood in long      speak on the record said
                                                                                                                                           accounts could be con-            lines to receive rations of      they felt the situation was
                                                                                                                                           firmed by authorities,            water and pre-made mili-         being poorly managed, if it
                                                                                                                                           many refugees offered             tary meals, they put their       was being managed at all.
                                                                                                                                           remarkably            similar     shirts over their noses to             This plan was no plan,
                                                                                                                                           accounts.                         block out the odor. Once         said one cop, shaking his
                                                                                                                                               A sense of desperation        word got around that some        head.
                                                                                                                                           overtook those stuck at the       areas of the city near the           The hellish confines
                                                                                                                                           Dome as they waited in            Mississippi River remained       stood in stark contrast to
                                                                                                                                           vain to hear where they           dry, some refugees decided       those of people nearby in
                                                                                                                                           might be taken next. Later        to leave.                        the restricted-access New
                                                                                                                                           in the day, authorities                 t
                                                                                                                                                                                   I s chaotic, and it        Orleans Centre and Hyatt
                                                                                                                                           announced a plan to begin         smells, said barbershop          Hotel, where those who
                                                                                                                                           bringing ill evacuees to the      owner Ted Mitchell, who          could get in lounged in rel-
                                                                                                                                           Ernest        N.       Morial     after three nights in the        ative comfort.
                                                                                                                                           Convention Center, from           Dome was leaving          and        A few blocks farther
                                                                                                                                           which they would be taken         contemplating         walking    away, guests were being
                                                                                                                                           by bus to shelters and hos-       back to his flooded home         fed foie gras and rack of
                                                                                                                                           pitals elsewhere.                 near Canal and Broad             lamb for dinner, according
                                                                                                                                               The              Houston      streets. It s worse than the     to a photographer who
                                                                                                                                           Astrodome was preparing           Depression. That place is        stayed there, while the
                                                                                                                                           to take in thousands more,        not fit for people to be liv-    masses, most of them poor,
                                                                                                                                           who were expected to start        ing in.                          huddled in the Dome.
                                                                                                                                           arriving by busloads this                They re treating people       While many were angry
                                                                                                                                           morning.                          like prisoners in there,         at what they perceived as
                                                                                                                                               Throughout the day,           said Shelton Alexander as        third-class treatment, oth-
                                                                                                                                           frustration boiled over into      he left the Dome for the         ers were simply glad to be
                                                                                                                                           anger and fear. Occasional        thigh-high waters of             alive       or perhaps too
                                                                                                                                           skirmishes broke out out-         Poydras Street. It s so hot
                                                                                                                                                                                                              numbed by tragedy to feel
                                                                                                                                           side the building, where          in there, and people are s
                                                                                                                                                                                                              anything like anger.
                                                                                                                                           people sought shade from a        ting on the floors.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I m sorry for the ones
                                                                                                                                           brutally hot sun under the            Tensions ran high
                                                                                                                                                                             between the Louisiana            not here today, said Byron
                                                                                                                                           Dome s narrow eave.
                                                                                                                                                  They re treating us like   National         Guardsmen       Price of Bywater, who
                                                                                                                                           crap, said Tina Wilson of         assigned to secure the           came to the Dome just
                                                                                                                                           Mid-City as others chimed         building and those they          before the storm hit. But
                                                                                                                                           in with amens. They have          were protecting, with some       thank God for the soldiers
                                                                                                                                           us living like not even           people upset over what           and police protecting us.
                                                                                                                                           pigs.                             they felt was an inability to    t
                                                                                                                                                                                                              I s going to be all right.
                                                                                                                                               Cleo Fisher of the            keep order and others say-           Delia Crumby, crouched
                                                                                                                                           Bywater sat atop a concrete       ing they felt soldiers were      by a wall outside the
                                                                                                                                           cylinder in waist-deep            too brusque.                     Dome, said was rescued by
                                                                                                                                           water on Poydras just out-            Those crowded outside        a Louisiana Wildlife &
                                                                                                                                           side the Dome. Fisher, 86,        the Dome along a security        Fisheries boat after her
                                                                                                                                           said he left because he did-      line jeered and yelled at a      Lower 9th Ward home
                                                                                                                                           n t have heart medications        guardsman after he shoved        flooded. She and her broth-
                                                                                                                                           he wouldn t survive with-         a man to the pavement who        er, who had recently had a
                                                                                                                                           out.                              had ignored his order not to     stroke, holed up in the attic
                                                                                                                                               Medical      technicians      go back in without clearing      after the levee breach.
                                                                                                                                           were unsympathetic, he            a checkpoint accessible              Her brother didn t make
                                                                                                                                           said, leaving him no choice       only by the deep water on        it.
                                                                                                                                           but to try to get out and get     Poydras Street.                        I don t really know
                                                                                                                                           help. He wasn t faring well                                        what he died from, she
                                                                                                                                           outside either in fact, he                                         said. He just died up in the
                                                                                                                                           was rescued from drown-           Call for                         attic with me.
                                                                                                                                           ing by two passers-by after       leadership                           She pleaded with an
                                                                                                                                           falling off the pier he sat           Evacuees also vented         outsider to call her sister in
                                                                                                                                           on, he said.                      their anger at city officials,   New Jersey to tell her that
                                                                                                                                                 I s worse than being in
                                                                                                                                                 t                           in particular Mayor Ray          she was all right. The news
                                                                                                             STAFF PHOTOS BY TED JACKSON   prison in there, he said.         Nagin, who many said they        about her brother would
SUPERDOME: At first glance, it might be a Saints game being played by spotlight. Unfortunately, the scene is of Hurricane Katrina            They don t have nothing         felt should have put in an       have to wait.
evacuees trying to get by in the Superdome, which has a large hole in its roof.                                                            for me.                           appearance at the Dome in

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