Saturday, August 30, 2008

Goodbye Gustav lines form

This is the scene this morning at the staging area in Jefferson Parish to evacuate person without tranportation as Gustav approaches the region

The second picture is at the evacuation staging area in New Orleans in front of the Union Terminal Station -- people waiting in line to catch an evacuation train to Memphis. This too is for people without tranporation out of the city.

The reidents were picked up in their neighborhoods and bussed to the Union Terminal. A long line formed a everyone was processed (getting names and address etc. so that relatives can find them). The long line of buses down several blocks held the incoming groups -- keeping them in the air conditioning until it was time for them to get in line. That kept their time in blazing sun to a minimum.

Gustav continue to keep his eye on the Louisiana coast line, according to weather forecasters.


--steve buser

City of New Orleans Evacuation Plan

Southeast LA Evacuation guide and map

17 comments:

The Mulligan Family said...

Oh Steve! This absolutely breaks my heart. I'm glad that things seem more organized this time, as opposed to Katrina, and that people are heeding the warnings to evacuate. But, I continue to pray that Gustav will stay away from NOLA. He is the one visitor that simply is NOT welcome!

Virginia said...
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Virginia said...

Steve, Hoping that ya'll get a pass on Gustav. Praying he fizzles out and you are safe.

USelaine said...

Stay safe yourself, Steve.

Laurie said...

Sending good thoughts your way and hope that Gustav loses his strength before he gets anywhere near beautiful New Orleans.

JM said...

We, who are far from that, do listen to the news and allways try to keep ourselves updated, but reality is something very different... all the logistics and the 'how to do it' is something we just don't imagine...
Thank you for letting us know and hope you will be safe!

Sally said...

Thanks for all this - I was going to visit to say Take Care. We've been hearing how much better prepared things are this time round. Thinking of you and all your fellow NORleanians.

Petrea said...

We're thinking of you all.

Jules said...

Not Again!!! Hope Gustav stays away and you are all safe and dry.

Take care!!!

Rambling Round said...

So glad everybody seems to be getting out, but we so hope Gustav weakens before hitting the U.S. New Orleans doesn't need another Katrina! Thanks for keeping us posted! Take care!

Tootie said...

I hope you stay safe in New Orleans, I think you've already had your share, just as Sanibel Island, FL has. We started getting the rain here today. It's very sad watching those poor folks dragging their belongings away, once again. I hope they won't have to be away long. Take care!

Halcyon said...

Hey Steve. Hope you are getting out or are in a place where you'll be safe. I'm trying to see if my aunt in NO wants to come stay with us.

I'm starting to take the warnings a little more seriously now. Guess I will go out and buy some water, etc. tomorrow.

The Mississippi governor has already declared a state of emergency and I-55 and I-59 are northbound only. Hope that will help with some of the traffic. I'm glad they seem more organized this time.

Kate said...

Your photos give us an intimate look into your city...better than the newscasts. I hope that you stay safe and sound. If I recall from a much earlier post after Katrina you indicated that your own area was safe; hope my memory is accurate and that it is true this time also.

Jilly said...

Gustav is getting full coverage in Europe, Steve. It seems incredible that almost three years to the day, beautiful New Orleans could be in danger again. And Gustav could be worse than Katrina, so I read.

Thanks so much for your on-the-spot reports and STAY SAFE.

angela said...

Thinking about you all and hoping for the best. Thanks for the photos but most of all, stay safe.

Gecko said...

I've been seeing heaps about this on the TV here in Australia, I hope you are evacuating too!?!?!

elsa said...

J'espère que tout ira bien au final et que Gustave sera moins agressif que Katrina!