New Orleans Residents Homecoming Delayed

September 19, 2005 -- Posted at 5:00 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO -- The mayor of New Orleans changed his mind on Monday about evacuees returning to the city. Evacuees of the city who are living in Jonesboro for the time being say they don't know when they will return to New Orleans. Curtis Smith said, "You don't have no drinking water all you can use the water for is the bathroom. You don't have no cooking water no drinking water.'' Margaret Cooper with the NEA Clinic said, "We need to wait until the water is felt to be safe and re-established. And also the hospitals need to be up and running to address the medical needs."

Many feel the city just isn't ready for people to come back, "They say the water's not safe yet they haven't sanitized the water for us to drink it," said New Orleans evacuee Marylin Jordan. For many of these evacuees, New Orleans is still home. And they hope to be able to return to the city within the next few months and move forward with their lives. ''I don't think it'll ever be the same, I hope it'll be better," said New Orleans resident Curtis Smith.

After much criticism New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has stopped all evacuees from returning to the city. ys he's putting a stop to all returns to the city, partly because of tropical storm Rita, which is taking aim on the gulf region.