Death Toll Rises In New Orleans

September 11,2005-Posted at 11:12p.m. CDT

NEW ORLEANS - The death toll in New Orleans rose to 197 today as the search for bodies goes on. An unspecified number of remains were taken from Memorial Medical Center in uptown New Orleans. The hospital closed over a week ago after being surrounded by floodwaters.

    Elsewhere in the city, the news is more encouraging. Some evacuees were allowed to briefly return to their homes today. One man said, ``we could drive all the way here with no problem.''Louis Armstrong International Airport is back in operation for cargo traffic. Limited passenger service is expected to begin Tuesday. Trash collection resumed over the weekend, and tomorrow.

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