Gustav evacuees return home

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Traffic is heavy today on the roads around the Louisiana coastline, but this times the cars, campers and SUVs are heading back home.

While New Orleans won't officially open its doors until midnight, some suburbs are already welcoming residents back. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin says people won't be turned away, but warned that the city remains in a "very, very vulnerable state."

Some trying to get back home are frustrated because it's taken officials so long to sound the all-clear. One man says it's "just not right" that people haven't yet been welcomed back, and he vows to stay put the next time.

Officials have raised Gustav's U.S death toll to 16 -- most coming in traffic accidents, and two in a post-storm tornado.

The storm killed 94 as it swept through the Caribbean.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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