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Um, he did. Some people couldn't leave because they don't have cars or couldn't afford the tank of gas or a hotel and simply have no where else to go. That's who we're talking about being there, the poorest of the poor, mainly those who don't have cars and who's only other option was to walk out and sleep on the side of the highway, still in the direct path of the hurricane - I woulda taken my chances in that situation too.

It's a credit to their pre-storm efforts and warning that only tens of thousands remained in a city of millions.



Without turning this into PA,

I just want to re-iterate this point. About eighty percent (or almost 300,000 to 350,000 people) evacuated. Eighty percent! And, according to most reports, the pre-hurricane evacuation went extremely well and quite swiftly. The city (or state) had developed a plan to get people out of the city going west (to Texas) or east (to Mississippi). Obviously, few people chose the east route.

So, essentially, the majority of that 300-350K went in one direction with what sounds to be minimal accidents and/or hazards.

Pretty amazing, if you ask me.

Regardless, it's reminded me the importance of having lots of accessible credit on my cards, some cash on hand, a full tank of gas, and a well-working vehicle. I'm also going to stock up on water and some canned food and work with my dogs on obedience handling. I would hate to have them not respond to me in the case of an emergency.

bleplatt
who really should be working.
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