Tell me if I'm totally wrong here...Everyones making this huge deal about how the poor weren't able to leave NO because they didn't have money for fuel, vehicles or bus tickets. What ever happened to walking? If they wanted to leave so desperately, they could have easily walked out...Not long ago, I was stranded more than 20 miles away from the nearest signs of life due to my leaving the radio on and killing the battery in my truck. I grabbed a half gallon of water and started huffing it out...took a few hours, yes, but I made it. If they wanted to leave SO BAD, could they not have filled up a bunch of jugs with water, filled a few backpacks with food and started heading out? Where would they have gone, you might say? The same damned place they would have gone if they had had a car or a bus ticket. 48 hours warning is more than enough time to get well out of the city, far far away and to high ground where they might be much safer from floods, death and destruction. Now I'm not saying it should have come to this, but sometimes you have to get off your butt and get things done...