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    White House thinks Houston evacuation went well!!!

    (AP) White House press secretary Scott McClellan on Saturday rejected the notion that there were problems with Houston's evacuation and said the president was told it had gone well. He also stressed that states are responsible for evacuations, although the federal government has a role to assist local officials.

    "This was an unprecedented number of people who were being evacuated," McClellan said Sunday. "And they got a large number of people out of there.


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    Tell that to the people who spent hours and hours sitting on the freeway burning up all their gasoline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Knight
    (AP) White House press secretary Scott McClellan on Saturday rejected the notion that there were problems with Houston's evacuation and said the president was told it had gone well. He also stressed that states are responsible for evacuations, although the federal government has a role to assist local officials.

    "This was an unprecedented number of people who were being evacuated," McClellan said Sunday. "And they got a large number of people out of there.
    I guess that we really didn't see what we saw, huh?

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    The problem with the evacuation was that those that were told to voluntarily evacuate did so before those that were under the manditory evacuation were able to get out. Had it been staggered a bit more, it would have been so bad. But that was precisely the reason we stayed put. I had no desire to sit in that traffic.

    I will say that Houston, a city of over 4 million, and surrounding areas with another probably 2 million, is a lot to evacuate. IMO there will always be problems getting that many people out of one place smoothly.

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    How would ya'll have handled it? Get that many people out of one town in a couple of days' time without anyone sitting on the highway. I'm ready to be dazzled . . .

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    I also think they had many more leave than they had planned on - especially after witnessing Katrina just weeks before.

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    Well, for starters all the lanes need to be made one-way early on; with one lane left open for incoming tankers, food deliveries, etc.

    Families can take only one car out.

    Gas tankers need nozzles that can fit into cars.

    And be sure to take your porta-potty with you.
    (Maybe Bush has never had to feel "uncomfortable", stuck in traffic?)

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    I think they did a damn good job considering the millions of people they were dealing with. Also, there were panicing people leaving that didn't really need to leave that just added to the congestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kato
    I think they did a damn good job considering the millions of people they were dealing with. Also, there were panicing people leaving that didn't really need to leave that just added to the congestion.

    Yup, me too.

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    Those who experienced it thought it was horrendous. They did a good job of evacuating Galveston and the coastal areas, but Houston was a problem. Many could not get gasoline to get out.

    If it had been a terrorist attack or other disaster with little warning, people could not have gotten out. There were not real instructions on who should leave in Houston, and who could stay.

    Kay Bailey Hutchison, R- Texas: "I think we need to fine-tune the planning so that contra-lanes are open earlier so that all the outgoing traffic can go on both sides of a freeway earlier than was done for Rita.."

    An article about the evacuation: http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/3366164


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    Quote Originally Posted by kato
    I think they did a damn good job considering the millions of people they were dealing with. Also, there were panicing people leaving that didn't really need to leave that just added to the congestion.
    I agree with you. I think another thing that added to the congestion was the fact that many of these people evacuated with 2,3 or more vehicles per family.

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    Even tho the evac prooved to me gridlock and a massive PITA the fact that loss of life from the Hurricane was at a minimum made the evac successful IMO
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    If the hurricane had not veered to the right as it did, I imagine things would have been a bit different in Houston. As it was, it didn't get much weather.

    Did Lake Charles evacuate; I know it had alot of flooding. It is much smaller though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marthatex
    Those who experienced it thought it was horrendous. They did a good job of evacuating Galveston and the coastal areas, but Houston was a problem. Many could not get gasoline to get out.

    If it had been a terrorist attack or other disaster with little warning, people could not have gotten out. There were not real instructions on who should leave in Houston, and who could stay.

    Kay Bailey Hutchison, R- Texas: "I think we need to fine-tune the planning so that contra-lanes are open earlier so that all the outgoing traffic can go on both sides of a freeway earlier than was done for Rita.."

    An article about the evacuation: http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/3366164
    Well the simple fact of the matter is when you move that many people out of an area that quickly, there are going to be delays and shortages and while I'm sure that it wasn't a pleasant experience, compared to the absolutely horrendous conditions in Louisiana after Katrina, things were pretty smooth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeana (DP)
    Well the simple fact of the matter is when you move that many people out of an area that quickly, there are going to be delays and shortages and while I'm sure that it wasn't a pleasant experience, compared to the absolutely horrendous conditions in Louisiana after Katrina, things were pretty smooth.


    You got it!

    There is always room for improvement, in anything, but I think the problems encountered were to be expected.

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