"Another reason why many people decided to stay in New Orleans was that August 29th was one day prior to the day they would receive their next check. For folks living paycheck to paycheck, missing that next check would have been a disaster for them and their families, they thought. They (probably) figured they could ride out "just another storm," get their check and then make decisions they could afford. Of course….they just should have left." John Bryant in talks with a friend about Hurricane Katrina

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