So here's a little news about I-10. It is elevated in parts but does come a bit lower here and there. I-10 west to baton rouge is flooded (remember that post earlier with the idiot driving straight into the big pool of water? That was I-10 west between new orleans and Metairie (where I lived). And it floods during regular heavy rain storms the area gets so no surprise it floods with hurricanes and tropical storms of any strength/category. Just sort of a fact of life for that road. Of course, the flooding resolves after regular rainstorms since the pumps don't reliably fail until a storm is considered a tropical storm or higher.
And for a city that regularly floods, the police are idiots when it comes to directing traffic around impassable roads. You would think they would know vulnerable areas and have plans...I don't think they know how to plan. Evacuations, whether voluntary or "mandatory" are always last minute (You can call Bob Breck of Fox news in NOLA for his rant...he was pulled off air a couple years back when we had isidore then Lily come for a visit). The only people who follow mandatory evacuations had already left a day earlier than the statement is made. People just aren't too convinced that a storm would dare hit the city. I mean, last year, Ivan turned at the last minute and since there have been other close calls, people think, oh, this one will be just the same, no need to leave since last time nothing happened. Then there are the psychos, like my friend Jeff, who get excited when a storm is coming because he had never seen a devastating storm prior to this one of course. I'm sure his parents made him and his equally psycho sister leave NOLA and get up to lafayette since they made them leave for ivan last year. I certainly left when I realized it might not turn...but then it turned.
Sigh...the city is a mess with people making sure the murder and crime rates won't slacken despite katrina. I need to get some rest. TOmorrow is the start of a new rotation at a hospital I've never been to before.
Simple words to live by...
When someone annoys you, it takes 42 muscles to frown, but it only takes 4 muscles to extend your arm and whack them on the head.