A Gentilly neighbor emailed today with official confirmation: National Guard soldiers were spotted patrolling the area. She saw it herself.
I'm not living on my flooded street in Vista Park: for now, I'm in the vibrant Riverbend part of town. But it's good news to hear that soldiers are on patrol in the area. It's good news that they are present and visible in the most damaged areas of the city.
The first day on the job and they've already started to make an impact. According to a local television station WDSU, Police arrested three people for looting in the Lakeview area yesterday, the first full day the soldiers were on the job.
The looters were charged with stealing copper pipe used for plumbing. Unfortunately, there are scum who are stealing the pieces of our homes almost as fast as we rebuild them.
And here's the kicker: only one of the suspects is a local. Two of them are from OUT OF TOWN.
Yes, New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is in many ways a wild and lawless city, but hopefully the National Guard presence will restore some order and deter the OUT OF TOWN criminals who are taking advantage of us in this desperate time.