Rita: Running Out of Gas in Evacuation Traffic Jams
Houstonians are getting stuck in14-hour traffic jams trying to comply with evacuation orders in anticipation of Hurricane Rita–and running out of gas in the process.
Hundreds of thousands of people across the Houston metropolitan area struggled to make their way inland in a bumper-to-bumper exodus Thursday as Hurricane Rita closed in on the nation’s fourth-largest city with winds howling at a terrifying 165 mph.
Drivers ran out of gas in 14-hour traffic jams or looked in vain for a place to stay as hotels hundreds of miles away filled up.
An estimated 1.8 million residents or more in Texas and Louisiana were under orders to evacuate to avoid a deadly repeat of Katrina.
Of course, President Bush should have forseen this and had gas pumps installed in the center lanes.