09/02/2005: Not all were "Choosing to Stay"...
... and wait out Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
Bryan over at WHY NOW, has this excellent post on this subject: "Riders on the Storm":
"There is a disinformation campaign in the media that everyone trapped by hurricane Katrina wanted to remain. Those trapped are being characterized as all being poor and minority.
Sorry, but that is not the reality.
The people who evacuated were those who had access to private vehicles, had enough cash to cover gas, whose vehicles could operate at 25mph or less for hours on end.
There are two daily trains from New Orleans, one to New York, the other to Chicago, and the Orlando to LA train that runs three times a week. They shut down early because the tracks have to cross the same bodies of water as the Interstates.
There aren't that many buses still running, and bus service was cut off.
The airlines did not put on extra flights to get people out of New Orleans.
The rental car fleet exited the city.
There were hundreds of people who did not want to remain in New Orleans stuck in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. These were people who didn't live in the city, had platinum cards in their wallets, and a few whose cards really were platinum. There was no transportation...."
Karen on 09.02.05 @ 11:06 AM CST