New Orleans Residents Can't Go Home Yet

Hurricane Gustav has cleared out of New Orleans, but officials there are urging people not to return home just yet. Over 1 million households in Louisiana are without power including 300,000 homes in the New Orleans area, and debris and downed power lines in the streets mean many areas are still unsafe.

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says residents will have to return home in stages.

Yes, it is good news we did not have the levee breaches or the major flooding. But we have huge challenges caused by Hurricane Gustav. One of the things I want to emphasize is that this is still a very, very serious storm that has caused major damage in our state.

Governor Jindal is warning that if the state is unable to get power to hospitals and health workers, as many as 814 hospital patients may have to be evacuated.

Over two million were evacuated in preparation for the the storm, including all but about 10,000 people in New Orleans. Hurricane Gustav came through New Orleans on Monday as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 110 miles per hour. It’s now weakened to a tropical depression and is moving into northeast Texas.