Friday, September 23, 2005

 

Like a Bad Movie

Hurricanes, Massive Evacuations, Oh My!

I've always been a big fan of disaster movies. Earthquake!, the cannon of Airport movies, and of course the Towering Inferno! (Ironically, most of these movies had Ernest Borgnine and Shelley Winters as part of their cast...?!). Anyway, this fall has been one surreal (or all to real if you live in the Gulf region) natural disaster flick. First, just as I'm becoming used to hearing the phrase..."repopulating New Orleans.".... we get the new twist from Houston...100 mile long traffic jams.

The question here isn't if the evacuation plans are adequate, but could you ever build enough infrastructure to evacuate 2 million or so people? I don't know if you can...

Comments:
I agree, there is only so much you can do. If Katrina had not been so devastating, I think more people would have been fleeing later instead of clogging the highway so early.

Usually ahead of a hurricane you have people who (can and do) leave at first hint, all the way to those (like me) that - if they are going to leave at all - leave with the damn thing nipping at their heels. And the infrastructure can usually handle that kind of exodus.

But I think part of the problem is that everyone went bolting at once in TX, with the addition of those panicked masses that might normally risk it, clogging the roads well beyond what would be expected or planned for.
 
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