"Get out, and get out now" is the first thing I heard from city officials as I began to ride out the storm at New Orleans city hall. At an early Sunday morning press conference officials continued to plead with residents to leave the city. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin also warned following the storm looting would not be tolerated.
For those inside city hall, only 'super' non- essential personnel will be staying in town to ride out the storm. All other local government employees are to leave the city. During the storm those left in the building could be evacuated to the Super Dome across the street if the building was badly damaged said City Council President Jacquelyn Clarkson. The Super Dome following Katrina was reinforced to withstand 200 mph giving city official an alternate plan.
Throughout city hall, desks are covered with plastic, electrical equipment unplugged and tension inside is increasing with the winds outside.
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