Posted by on September 4, 2005

Flooded buses in New Orleans

So we have 205 buses with a maximum of 77 and a minimum of 47(hard to tell the size of the buses in the picture. The guess on the seating of these buses come from a Blue Bird Floorplan). Let’s assume 1(ONE) evacuation trip for each of these flooded buses.

Maximum of 15,785 additional lives saved from last week’s nightmare.
Minimum of 9,635 additional lives saved from last week’s nightmare.

While the Blame Game rages on I just wanted to provide alittle math for Mayor Nagin to chew on.

Okay. All sniping aside. I’m not sure ANYONE could concieve a plan to deal with what happened in New Orleans. As Commissioner Keane said after the 9/11 (C)Omission investigation, “This was a failure of imagination.” to a point. The flooding of the city has been talked about for a very long time but all the research in the world can’t predict what WILL happen when the event actually takes place. The concept of “Biblical Proportions” has been kicked around. Not sure I’d go quite that far…I mean the standard for floods in the “Biblical Proportions” category was alittle deeper and far ranging. This flood was unprecedented and turned an overnight stay in a confined space(superdome, convention center) into a week long stay. There is NO ONE who could have predicted that and had anyone predicted it they would’ve been asked, “where are we going to put that much food, water, diapers, meds, etc…”.

What someone could have, and in fact DID, do was setup an evacuation plan. Either that plan failed, wasn’t thought through properly, or wasn’t implemented properly. While I will not condone, tolerate, or take part in the Blame Game surrounding the events AFTER the Hurricane, I do believe that some hard questions have to be asked about the way the PRE Hurricane activities were carried out.

Questions like why did it take a call from President Bush to get Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin to order a mandatory evacuation from New Orleans? That call was placed sometime either late Saturday, Aug27 or very early Sunday, Aug28. My big question here is with this threat being out there forever, with the fact that a flooded New Orleans was a VERY VERY REAL threat from a hurricane, why in the WORLD did Governor Blanco NOT do this earlier so…as she says in the article:

Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor at a news conference, said President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding.

“There doesn’t seem to be any relief in sight,” Blanco said.

She said Interstate 10, which was converted Saturday so that all lanes headed one-way out of town, was total gridlock.

[H/T: Glenn]

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  1. SingleMind Says:

    You and I found the same “plan”. Trouble is, when you cut through the verbiage, it’s all a bunch of bureaucratic bloviation that could have come from any agency for which you or I ever worked.

    There was one place in which the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) was given the responsibility for getting those evacuation buses moving. Whoever was running the RTA is going to have some hard questions to answer. Had they run those buses from Friday night onward, at least 100,000 of the most vulnerable people could have been evacuated.

    There were lots of complaints about breakdowns in communication. That’s because they probably did not include redundancy in their systems. Even if power supplies–including backups–and antennas are knocked down, what about amateur radio operators (hams)?

    Hams can be an integral part of the communication infrastructure in a disaster, but to what extent were they utilized?

    The mayor and governor are absolutely incompetent. She should have been on the phone with President Bush on Friday night. She could have said the word, and he would have sent in the 82nd Airborne, along with a myriad of National Guard and Reserve units.

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