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  • Lower 9th Ward resident Gloria Guy talks on her front porch in New Orleans, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. Residents and the City of New Orleans may be pushing back against tour companies ushering out-of-towners into to the Lower 9th Ward, the neighborhood made famous when floodwalls and levees failed in 2005, pushing homes off their foundations and stranding residents on rooftops. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Katrina victims take on hurricane tour operators

    Some New Orleans residents and city officials are pushing back against tour operators who bus out-of-towners into the city's Lower 9th Ward, where Hurricane Katrina unleashed a wall of water that pushed homes off foundations and stranded residents on rooftops when the levees failed.

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  • Lynn Wolken, a veteran guide who belongs to the Tour Guides Association of Greater New Orleans, said many fellow guides weren't aware of the ordinance or knew it existed but saw that it wasn't being enforced.

  • She said no notice of a change in policy had been issued from the city's Taxicab Bureau, which regulates the 30 tour companies who charge tourists around $25 each for the Katrina tours.

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