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  •  That's about 5,000 seats (4.00)
    That went unused in this pic alone.  

    And for what good?  The bus company would have saved their buses, and the town would have had 5,000 less trapped, maybe 10,000 if they took two trips.

    I remember celebrating the Golden Gate's anniversary when I was a boy.  They shut down all of 101 north from the GG to San Rafael.  It was just transit buses from the staging areas at different spots in Marin.  T'was strange to be on the highway with so many buses at 4:00 in the morning, but it went of without a hitch, 'cept' that they had to stop running them because they brought too many people to the many that the span actually flattened out...the support cables where slack at the tower and tight as a drum at centerspan.

    Our disaster relief systems must have built in redundancy.  Had anyone thought about the evacuation of the superdome in this event?  Had anyone thought about how they would move 100,000 marooned citizens out of NO before Sunday?

    ...nice oil sheen on that water too...what a disaster!

    •  Don't forget the choo choo. (4.00)
      How many passengers on a 100 car train?

      How many in a C-5A?

      Billions for viet orphan evacuation. How much to help  the good people of New Orleans live?

      •  Exactly (none)
        Such a shame...we should all be taking notes and bringing them to the next disaster planning meetings in our local townships.  

        Sometimes though, its not about the plan, its about the execution.  We had a snafu in the tsunamai notification program during a quake off of the north coast this summer.  Seems that the state agency that was responsible for contacting the cities along the coast had a hard time getting through to San Francisco to warn them, so they left a voice mail or something like that.

        "hey boss...listen to this voicemail we jus----------(sound of water)"

    •  It would have required quite a few drivers (none)
      I generally agree with your sentiments, but I imagine that the bus drivers would have been difficult to track down, having previously evacuated via separate means of transportation.

      However, as part of a previously arranged evacuation program, that would have been a great use of resources. Unfortunately, it looks like there was no planning here.

    •  Damn airlines (none)
      My mom told me (so this is hearsay, and I apologize if I err) that Governor Blanco made a remark about how the airlines let the people of NOLA down.  Well, duh!  When I heard the airport was closed and flights stopped well BEFORE THE RAIN EVEN STARTED, I had to ask myself:  "Gee, could the fact that people weren't flying IN to New Orleans and therefore they couldn't make enough money from the flights have anything to do with that?  If the planning for a disaster that people KNEW was on the way was so damned good (as talking heads on CNN and FOX have occasionally remarked to my chagrin) then why didn't they have plane after plane after plane hauling ass to NOLA to haul asses out as fast as possible?"

      Oh, that's right, that would require humanitarianism, and our economic system worships only profit.  The ironic revenge will be that the damage done to the area will shoot fuel prices up and bankrupt several airlines.

      Sidenote:  that four-part photo with Bush strumming and scenes of disaster was fantastic and chilling.  PLEASE somebody put together the strum photo with the frosting-licking one!

      Karen in Austin

      Don't blame me; I didn't appoint the Supreme Court that appointed Bush.

      by Wife of Bath on Wed Aug 31, 2005 at 06:07:58 AM PDT

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