Aggie left a comment on the post "You Can't Evacuate 6.5 million people" that was too well written to leave buried in comments. Aggie's points are sharply reasoned and elegantly posed.
Consequently I am running it as a "guest post". Aggie, let me know if you feel bruised and I will remove this post.
"(The Mayor is) deflecting criticism to a straw man. The choices are not "Evacuate
nobody" or "Evacuate everybody", that's just an utter failure of
creative reasoning, and a failure to react well to an evolving
Everyone is dredging up the tragedies associated with
Rita's evacuation in 2005, where a hundred or so died, as if that's a
good reason. 2005.... 2005! What the hell has the Office of Em. Mgt.
been doing since then, besides padding their backsides as well as their
overblown pensions? Throwing up their hands, calling the Governor an
idiot.....now that's real emergency planning leadership for you.
about a partial evacuation of everyone in low-lying areas affected by
the floods in 2016....and 2015....and Ike, in 2008? Not a bad start?
Everyone of those floods were bad, and recent.
Hurricane Center had the storm forecast track coming directly over
Houston on Wed. morning 23rd. That was the start of this clock. I
think the mayor and the OEM will have some explaining to do. saying
it's too hard is not going to be good enough."