By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has a message for Hurricane Katrina evacuees -- come home.

Nagin is scheduled to travel to Atlanta Saturday as part of his come-home campaign that has already brought him to Houston and Memphis.

Wednesday night, he spoke to a crowd of more than 700 at a Memphis church.

He says that his city will never be totally safe from hurricanes, no matter how much its levees are strengthened. He says that even if the levees are upgraded to protect the city from a Category five hurricane -- which could cost as much as 32 (b) billion dollars -- nobody in New Orleans will be able to just sit back with a hurricane coming.

But he says that life in New Orleans is getting better every day, with utilities being restored and storm debris being cleaned up.

He says 300-thousand people could live in the city before the beginning of the year.

But the mayor's wooing has been met with at least some resistance.

Clinton Brown, who's 67, says he wants to rebuild his house on the city's badly flooded eastern side, but dealing with government officials in trying to get started has been confusing.

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