National Guard Is Pulling Out Of New Orleans

Three and a-half years after Hurricane Katrina, the National Guard is pulling the last of its troops out of New Orleans this weekend.

The city is still desperate and dangerous and residents long distrustful of the New Orleans police force are worried they will now have to fend for themselves. But the police superintendent says his rebuilt police department is up to the job of protecting the city.

Thousands of National Guardsmen arrived more than four days after Katrina struck New Orleans in August 2005.

The last of the troops were removed in January 2006 as civil authority returned, but then, after a surge in bloodshed, 360 were sent back in to help police keep order.

As of this month, only about 100 troops were left in the city.

With Louisiana facing a $341 million budget deficit, state lawmakers were reluctant to keep the Guard in place any longer.

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