Bart has linked to his neighbor Michael Homan’s blog post about his experiences getting out of New Orleans over the past few days.
They promised they would take us to Baton Rouge, and from there it would be relatively easy for me to get a cab or bus and meet the family in Jackson.
But then everything went to hell. They instead locked up the truck and drove us to the refugee camp on I-10 and Causeway and dropped us off. Many refused to get out of the van but they were forced. The van drove away as quickly as it could, as the drivers appeared to be terrified, and we were suddenly in the middle of 20,000 people.
He goes on to detail how it is that he “escaped” this refugee collection point; his account implies that the people on the freeway were being guarded, just as in the 1927 flood.