As one of the cities that got some the first of the Katrina refugees, things have changed. Not all returned home after that disaster. Traffic has become worse. The crime rate has had an increase. However, this is probably due a more rapid increase in population that the infrastructure could handle. For some, Katrina was a mixed blessing. For those that were living in a high crime area and no means to leave the area prior to the storm, life improved after the initial hard re-adjustment. Better housing, better schools, and a chance to remove their children from the violent, criminal influence that existed in their neighborhoods was the result of Katrina. Further west though, things were worse. The refugees that made it to Texas were the last to leave the Crescent City. Most of those were of the more lawless element who apparently saw the evacuated city as a means to enrich themselves from the deserted businesses and homes. They did not leave until it was obvious that New Orleans during Katrina was a death trap and the nearby cities were at capacity in terms of emergency shelter.