Fort Worth, TX (WiredPRNews.com)—In an effort to prevent a repeat of the carnage of Hurricane Katrina three years ago, New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin ordered a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans on Sunday as Hurricane Gustav, a category three, headed toward the Louisiana coast.
Many residents left by car over the weekend, while others boarded northbound trains and buses to escape the hurricane’s wrath. According to a Sunday New York Times.com article, local efforts to evacuate people were far more organized than they were three years ago when Hurricane Katrina hammered New Orleans.
“The buses arrived promptly at 8 a.m. — a sharp contrast to the disorganization of three years ago, when the only plan was to jam thousands of people without cars into the Superdome and let others fend for themselves,” the New York Times.com article reported.
“I refuse to go through that again,” said Roxanne Clayton, who was waiting in the Irish Channel neighborhood with her teenage son and 10-year-old daughter. Ms. Clayton recalled being stuck in her attic for two days during Hurricane Katrina. “I’d rather play it safe than sorry,” she said, “because I know what sorry feels like.”
Others who lived through the devastation of Katrina were also taking the evacuation order seriously. “I don’t want to be stuck like I was in Katrina,” said Janice McElveen in the New York Times.com article. McElveen, who was waiting for a bus in the Irish Channel section, said she spent five days stranded on an Interstate 10 bridge in 2005.
According to a Sunday Yahoo.com news article, the lines for evacuation were much shorter on Sunday than they were on Saturday. For residents with no other means of leaving the city, the last buses were going to leave at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, as well as Texas Governor Rick Perry – both Republicans —say will not attend GOP convention in Minneapolis so that they can stay in their respective states.