In his latest news conference at 12:15 p.m. today, Mayor Ray Nagin said the city’s registration system for Hurricane Gustav evacuees crashed, Amtrak took 1600 people on its inaugural evacuee trip, and tourists were ordered to leave the city. He also said a mandatory evacuation order may come either at 8:00 a.m. or at 8:00 p.m. on tomorrow.
The City of New Orleans is trying to put it’s best foot forward, in safety’s best interest, by initiating “assisted evacuation” measures that should have been in place and should have took place as Hurricane Katrina took aim at the city.
Thousands of Katrina survivors are boarding buses at pickup points around the city for transport to the Union Passenger Terminal and to board buses bound for specific places like Shreveport, Monroe, or Alexandria, LA., or Memphis Tennessee.
The city had a system in place to register everybody boarding the buses (I guess too many people got by without being registered) so he said the system’s been suspended at the boarding points, but they’ll be registered on arrival wherever they end up.
He also said an Amtrak train carrying 1600 had been sent to Memphis, and said it’s “time for us to shut the tourists activity down” to give the city’s services free to serve citizens.
Hurricane Gustav is closing in on the Gulf, and fears are that it will slam into Louisiana as a monstrous Category 4 hurricane.