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Schoolbuses in Metarie Aug. 30

Aug. 31's "After Escaping New Orleans, a Long Wait" discussed the events of Tuesday Aug. 30 in Metarie "on the edge of Interstate 10" near the Causeway Boulevard exit:

...2,000 hungry, flood-weary people, residents of New Orleans' northern neighborhoods and St. Bernard Parish to the northeast... everything they owned on their backs after 36 hours of watching the floodwaters breach their doors...
...By 11 o'clock, when two schoolbuses from Terrebonne Parish, finished their 50-mile journey to the site, about 200 impatient and desperate refugees swelled toward the buses...
...Terrebonne's two buses were the only ones these evacuees had seen for six hours, and nobody could say why. "Thank God you guys are here," said Darrell Jupiter, the mayor of nearby Napoleonville, who was helping with crowd control...
...[there were] approaching helicopters landing on a strip of grass nearby. Jordan, a New Orleans East resident, was picked up in a helicopter near the Chef Menteur Highway... [there was an] evacuation hub on Interstate 10...
...Two hours later, a caravan of perhaps a dozen empty schoolbuses from neighboring communities headed east in the flat, black night on Route 90, almost the only remaining route in and out of New Orleans and the neighboring communities where floodwaters were continuing to rise as the Army Corps of Engineers' attempt to close the three-block breach in one levee failed.
At the edge of Interstate 10, nobody - not the National Guard troops keeping order nearby nor the Acadian Ambulance workers ushering the injured to area hospitals by the dozens - could answer the insistent questions about the absence of transportation...
...[there was] an early round of schoolbuses out of Metarie on Tuesday afternoon... [boats came to the project... East Park Community Center was a shelter in Houma... ]

How many buses came before the six hour wait, and how many people did those buses - if any - take? The article doesn't say.

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