It's Big Easy's own fault that so many of New Orleans' citizens stayed behind in their city. They're not really so pitiable. Most of them decided quite consciously to stay. There were enough cars, even if less than elsewhere. And if motels weren't affordable, there must have been plenty of relatives and friends. Why did the people ignore the explicit warnings? "The Big Easy" also means to take it easy; the state will provide. This care-for-me mentality has been fatal.

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, which many had to unfortunately learn floating face down in the water.

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