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NEW ORLEANS Thursday was the deadline for homeless people who have been camped out under the Pontchartrain Expressway to leave the area.

WWL-TV cameras went by the area under the bridge Thursday morning, and the area was completely empty.

WWL-TV was told case workers and volunteers spoke with the remaining people early Thursday morning and helped them get to various shelters around the city.

The city of New Orleans gave the homeless people living under the expressway 72 hours to leave the area, and that order from the city was met with some resistance from some people who called the area home.

Complaints have been mounting about the area being an eyesore for visitors and locals, so the city declared the area a public health hazard.

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