Residents who weathered days of stormy weather and flooding are self-sufficient folk. Those who want to stay are not asking for the government to save them. The levees failed, the shelters were scary, law enforcement evaporated. They have little reason to rely on the government for help -- although some law enforcement would be welcome.
If they want to stay and are able to care for themselves, it is their right to do so. It is not the role of the government to force them from their homes. Authorities instead should respect their right to self-determination.
Better yet, let the authorities pay these residents to work on cleaning up the city. Now is not too soon to start. Authorities argue that it could take up to three months to pump out the city. That timetable simply is unacceptable. The feds should concentrate on evacuating water from the city -- not the residents.
If the powers that be can allow reporters to stay in the city, then surely they can allow taxpayers to stay in their homes.