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Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Concerns for New Orleans in the Wake of Hurricane Ivan
All day, since about 8am this morning, westbound traffic on I-10 has been bumper-to-bumper. Both east & westbound lanes of the interstate coming out of New Orleans were turned into a huge surge westward to try and alleviate the problem and get the people out.
Though it doesn't appear we'll take a direct hit at this time, until it actually hits landfall no can say for sure. Hurricanes, in reality, are not predictable.
Though I have to go into work tomorrow, those living far out (evacuated areas in and around New Orleans) and even those out west in Lafayette won't be coming in. I've a feeling if winds and rain become too dangerous for driving, we'll be sent home around midday. I don't know why they didn't just close everything up, but this is the state and that would've actually made sense; and anyone who's ever worked in state government knows that it goes against protocol for anything to make a lick of sense.
To give you an idea of the traffic situation, they just now interviewed a guy on TV who said he'd been sitting in traffice for 4 and a half hours and has moved 20 miles.
So keep us in your thoughts - late tomorrow & early Thursday. I'll keep posting as I hear more.