New Orleans Evacuating for Hurricane Ivan
A voluntary evacuation was under way in New Orleans, but a mandatory order may be issued when the track of the Category 4 hurricane is better known. Workers were ready to close floodgates protecting the city that sits about 5 feet below sea level. Forty years ago Hurricane Betsy left the city under 7 feet of water. Lt. Kevin Cowan of the Louisiana National Guard said mandatory evacuations were ordered in Plaquemines and St. Charles parishes. Voluntary evacuations were in place for four other parishes, including two in New Orleans. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin warned residents about the dangerous storm and urged voluntary evacuations. Many schools were closed in the area so families could make preparations.
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency has prepared for a possible hit on New Orleans, Director Michael Brown said. “For the first time ever in the history of the organization, we started doing catastrophic planning, and New Orleans was the first place we did that kind of planning,” Brown said in an interview. “We’re pretty prepared right now if a catastrophic disaster does strike the city of New Orleans.” Terry Tullier, the director of New Orleans’s office of emergency preparedness, said experts have estimated it would take as long as 72 hours to evacuate the city’s 1.2 million residents. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said residents should “seek higher ground,” the Associated Press reported.
New Orleans last suffered a direct hit from a hurricane in 1965 when Category 3 Betsy struck the city. Betsy caused damages of $1.42 billion unadjusted for inflation, according to the hurricane center.
via The Command Post
Meanwhile, Wizbang’s Paul is appealing for supernatural intervention, seeking a higher power rather than higher ground.
At any rate, it’s not fair. First the Saints, now this? How much can these people endure?
Update (9/15): Paul made it out and even managed to rescue the TiVo.