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Friday, September 23, 2005

What in the hell is the Bush administration thinking?

This is just insane.

It's amazing to watch the news when you're out of the country because you don't get the political spin and you can see things clearly.

Here's what we've seen from Cancun.

1. The planning that went into getting people out of Houston is a total mess. 100 mile traffic jams and people are sitting ducks on the bridges as the hurricane inches closer to Texas.

From the Houston Chronicle:

Sixteen hours to San Antonio and Dallas. Eleven hours to Austin. With over a million people trying to flee vulnerable parts of the Houston area, Hurricane Rita will be a nightmare even if Galveston doesn't take a direct hit. .

Trying to leave Houston on I-10, Ella Corder drove 15 hours to go just 13 miles today. Noticing cars out of gas littering the freeway, she turned off her air-conditioner to save fuel, but the 52-year-old heart patient worried the heat and exhaustion were taking a toll on her.

"All I want to do is go home," she said tearfully by cell phone. "Can't anyone get me out of here? "

Other evacuees' frustration turned into anger as the day wore on.

"This is the worst planning I've ever seen," said Julie Anderson, who covered just 45 miles in 12 hours after setting out from her home in the Houston suburb of LaPorte. "They say we've learned a lot from Hurricane Katrina. Well, you couldn't prove it by me."

You took the words right out of my mouth. If you think that's bad, just read this...

Hoping to speed the evacuation that officially began yesterday, authorities decided today to open the incoming lanes of two Houston freeways, I-45 and I-10, to outbound traffic for the first time ever. Plans to reverse the traffic flow on U.S. 290 were abandoned because of traffic problems it would create in Brenham and Giddings.

When all lanes of I-45 became outbound lanes north of Conroe early this afternoon, traffic immediately sped up. Like grocery shoppers jockeying for the fastest-moving checkout lines, northbound drivers were criss-crossing the freeway median in search of faster-moving lanes.

Drivers weren't willing to wait for the same to happen on I-10. Near Sealy, a stream of motorists who heard of the plan on their radios pulled into the inbound lanes and drove off. Their impromptu traffic management plan raised everyone's average speed from stop and go to 55 mph. At least for a while.

Incredible. There's 100 miles of traffic for the last two days and it took officals till last night to decide to open more lanes. Again, 2 million people are now on the highway and they couldn't think about opening up more lanes till last night?

We're all speechless down here watching this unfold on the news. I don't know how critical the news is in the US but the reporters on the international news is killing the Bush administration for their lack of planning...