Buses carrying evacuees from New Orleans began arriving at Houston's Astrodome overnight as Louisiana officials began clearing out the hurricane-ravaged Superdome.
The first bus -- an Orleans Parish school bus -- pulled up to the gates of the Astrodome about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, surprising authorities who were not expecting anyone for several more hours.
Organizers later declared it a "renegade bus," saying it was carrying people fleeing the floodwaters in New Orleans but was not part of the official caravan of commercial buses traveling from the Superdome.
It was not immediately clear how the 50 people on board the renegade transportation came into possession of the bus, but officials in the Astrodome said they would be allowed to stay. A 20-year-old man was behind the wheel.
Rely on the government for help and you are an "evacuee".
Stand up and do something for yourself and you are a "renegade".
1. One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.
2. An outlaw; a rebel.