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In the early stages of Katrina’s aftermath, the Superdome was utilized as a refugee center for over 20,000 people. The surrounding areas were in a horrible state, and overcrowding of the center cause serious sanitation problems. There was overheating with no air conditioning, and bathrooms malfunctioned because of a lack of water. Throughout the city, riots exploded as starving people became desperate and turned to violence. Looters began to take everything from abandoned flooded stores. The residents’ crimes and desperation made it unsafe to evacuate the area until the situation could be stabilized by law enforcement. Excessive flooding was a factor which slowed down evacuation tremendously.