- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 1, 2005

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers pumped most of the remaining floodwaters out of the city yesterday as tens of thousands of residents continued returning to dry neighborhoods to check on houses and reopen businesses.

Water still was being pumped out of the heavily flooded lower 9th Ward. Officials expected the pumping to be completed by today.

“There will still be some isolated pools here and there that aren’t drained that will have to be pumped out individually,” Army Corps of Engineers spokesman George Stringham said.

Police reported few problems as tens of thousands of residents poured into the city yesterday, a day after Mayor C. Ray Nagin reopened some neighborhoods.

“Residents are very patient,” police Capt. Marlon Defillo said. They “understand the conditions of the city, and they are cooperating.”

Nearly 1,500 New Orleans police officers are patrolling city streets in 12-hour shifts. Officials still are getting help from other law-enforcement agencies and the military.

“They are welcome as long as they want to stay to assist this department,” Capt. Defillo said.

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