Thousands of New Orleans residents are returning to their homes and businesses Friday, as clean-up efforts continue after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Many residents who live in reopened areas of the city, including the French Quarter and Garden District, have been permitted to return with proof of residency. Utility crews continue to work on restoring electricity and providing drinkable water.
Some business owners returned to the city on Thursday, and many are dealing with both structural damage and losses from looting. Police say they are investigating whether some police officers took part in looting after Hurricane Katrina.
Police spokesman Marlon Defillo says the investigation centers on about 12 officers who allegedly took non-essential items from store shelves.
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