The 6th Police District of New Orleans is home to about 30 thousand people. On an hour long ride along with the NOPD tonight I counted seven. The streets are deserted.
“It’s a little eerie” says Maj. Bob Bardy, the top cop in the 6th district.” I think people have learned their lessons”
The 6th district begins at the Mississippi river and covers the opulent garden district all through housing projects near Martin Luther King Ave. where the police station sits amongst dilapidated wooden houses, some still damaged from Katrina.
Rich or poor, everyone seems to have gotten the message to get out of town. Bardy says they are ready to keep whomever stays behind safe. As of 7pm all NOPD are on duty until after the storm. When winds pick up to 55mph, probably around midnight most of the cops for the 6th district will head over to the convention center for the night.
A skeleton crew will stay at the station house. As soon as the winds die down they plan to be back on the street. First mission will be search and rescue, if that’s not needed they’ll be locking up any looters.
“Nobody was really ready for what we got in Katrina“ He says as we ride down empty streets “But now we have a plan. Now we have a course of action.”
Filed under: Hurricane Gustav
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