I am a native of New Orleans. The following was written by my wife, also a native of New Orleans:
The New Orleans Metropolitan Area is not a foreign country under military occupation. More than half of it is now dry with people there ready to reclaim their lives.
The people of New Orleans are the city. They are willing to bear the inconvenience of the flood in order to go home and rebuild. Provide them with routes into the city, water, food, and temporary sanitary facilities.
An invading army brings its own infrastructure. Give the same survival structure to the people, who can rebuild, restore and rejuvenate our much loved city.
Don't just let my people go; let my people in.