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New Orleans clears out homeless encampment

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Posted: Aug 14, 2014 1:20 PM by Janet McConnaughey
Updated: Aug 14, 2014 1:20 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: New Orleans, Pontchartrain Expressway, homeless, overpass, encampment

NEW ORLEANS - A homeless encampment has been cleared out from beneath a one-mile stretch of the elevated Pontchartrain Expressway in New Orleans.

About 160 lived there. The city's health director had said they had until Thursday evening to leave.

But officials, police, homeless advocates and other volunteers made a 4:30 a.m. sweep to take homeless people to shelters.

By 9 a.m., the last sofas, armchairs, quilts, clothes, magazines and books were being hoisted or tossed into garbage trucks and crushed. Other trucks were hosing down the concrete.

Not all the homeless people went to shelters.

Billy Holmes says he didn't want to live with a hundred other men.

He says the city wants the space under the highway available for tailgating and parking during the New Orleans Saints' home football game Friday.

Image: WWL-TV

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