During the last interview with the Mayor - I did not hear one word of ANY plan for the people who can not drive to get out of New Orleans. I assume there are some on the ground plans, but they certainly are not being adequately communicated to the press,
And just now a WDSU reporter is reporting seeing kids, as young as six and seven year old - on their own - with all their belongings in a plastic bag - begging drivers to take them out of the city. And when his news team left on the one bridge still open, there saw a line of the very old and the very young - people in wheel chairs - even more incredible - people being pushed on hospital gurneys - fleeing for their lives over the last bridge out of New Orleans.
The same reporter also gave an account of the gangs roaming and terrorizing the city.
We should all be asking - after all this time - why have buses and trucks not been commandeered to get the poor out of the city?
Why are the residents of New Orleans not being told HOW to get out of the city instead of just being told that they must get out of the city?
And when Mayor Nagin announced the new flooding of much of the rest of New Orleans in his latest interviews - why did he not offer any plan to get those with no resources of their own - to get out of the city?
Person at Tulane hospital gave an interview to WDSU describing a fishing boat filled with looters armed with guns patroling the streets and then she describing how looters were breaking into the doctor's cars in the hospital parking garage while they are trying to save lives.
But, Mayor Nagin still needs another night before he decides if it is appropriate to call for martial law citywide rather than in just some areas.
UPDATE - While I would like to move past examining the behavior of Mayor Nagin - it was just announced that a major hotel has been set afire - possibly by looters - after extensive coverage of the wide spread violence and looting in New Orleans. With that announcement, the newscasters continue to express bewilderment at why the Mayor has not yet called for martial law.
Mayor Nagin finally declared Martial Law last night as he always has had a right to and long after adjoinng parishes had made that declaration. And now that an organized evacuation is finally starting and troops are coming in to start what will be a very long process to regain order, there is nothing to say about this situation. Appropriate actions are starting - and only just starting - to protect the people of New Orleans. Now all we can do is make certain our local state and federal governments will be there for support during the many years it is going to take to rebuild New Orleans and the surrouding areas.