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New Orleans, LA Tornadic Storm, Mar 1934

FOUR HUNDRED ARE HOMELESS AFTER STORM.

SURVEY OF WRECKAGE IN NEW ORLEANS INDICATES MIRACULOUS ESCAPE FROM DEATH; NINE IN HOSPITALS.

(By Associated Press)
New Orleans, La., March 27. -- Some 400 persons made homeless by yesterday's sudden and fierce thunder and tornadic disturbance that laid waste a narrow path through downtown New Orleans were comfortably housed today with relatives or neighbors while squads of police watched their remaining household effects and the Red Cross laid plans for rehabilitation.
Very few articles were left in many of the more than a hundred homes demolished or damaged in the strip of frame residences a mile long and 200 feet wide where the storm spent its fury. Much of the goods left in damaged residences by the wind was ruined by a downpour of rain accompanying the sudden blow.
Relief workers considered it miraculous that no one was killed outright in the bursting of homes, some 30 or more of them a total loss, and the strewing of debris over a wide area.
Nine persons among the score or more injured remained in the hospital today suffering from major injuries. Most of the injured were women and two were pronounced in a critical conditon.
Others were treated by physicians for minor hurts received as timbers fell about them or as they were shaken about in their dislodged houses, or hurled bodily over a fence along with backyard chickens or front porch chairs.
"None of these victims will want for food or shelter," Acting mayor A. Miles Pratt said last night. "The city is going to look after every one who has suffered as a result of the storm."
Informed of the disaster while en route to California, Mayor T. Semmes Walmsley wired his regrets to Mr. Pratt and express his assurance that Mr. Pratt could handle "everything."
The Red Cross was in complete charge of relief and rehabilitation. Receipt of $1,000 for relief purposes from the national headquarters in Washington was announced along with the information that George Myer, of the national disaster relief staff, was en route here to assume the leadership.
Nearly 200 federal emergency relief workers were thrown into the gap to clear up the wreckage while the police patrols stood guard over personal belongings.

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