September 24, 2005


Anyone notice that state and local authorities managed to do a far better job of evacuating Houston, a city of 1 million, than New Orleans, a city half its size? It says quite a bit about the effectiveness of such officials, or lack thereof, in both places.

Posted by LMC at September 24, 2005 09:58 PM | TrackBack

Not to dis the authorities, but I think a lot of it was a reflection on the hell that was NOLA; too many people had their families nagging them to get out of Houston because of what we'd just witnessed.

Not that NO is an easy place to get out of, but there's also a population dif.

NO pop: 473,681 (02 est.)
Houston pop: 2,009,834 (02 est.)

There are also a lot more roads out of Houston. Just some thoughts...

Posted by: tee bee at September 26, 2005 03:17 PM

I think Tee Bee is right. I also think that there is little evidence one way or the other that the evacuation went any better than the one in NO. It just so happens that Houston didn't take one in the face like NO did. Thus those that were left (or stayed) behind were not on our TV like those in NO so tragically were. Amazing how 8 billion dollars worth of damage is considered dodging a bullet...

Posted by: LB buddy at September 27, 2005 12:57 AM

New Orleans could learn something from huston and thats by having a better mayor then a little whelp like nagin

Posted by: spurwing plover at October 2, 2005 02:36 PM