What's weird is that all those cars are probably on those same roads every day, or near. And the problem arose because everybody decided to leave at the same time on the same freeways... ...when spreading the load onto surface streets woulda probably prevented the current gridlock. Had a bad thought. Much of the city/metroplex freeways I've been on have been routed through the low passes between higher ground. If the hurricane stalls in eastTexas&westLouisiana as forcast, Rita is expected to dump up as much as 2to3feet of rain. And the higher areas will drain onto and flood the lower grounds, including those portions of the gridlocked freeways.
I know a guy on another forum who lives north of Houston (~60 miles, I think he said). He's decided that he's safer at his house than trapped on the freeway, but he's been out to the freeway a couple of times today to give away water and gas to the people there. He's also offered his home to an elderly couple if the roads are still blocked when the hurricane hits. It sounds like he is trying to mobilize his neighbors to help him with these projects.
Things aren't too bad in Baton Rouge anymore. There is a lot of flooding and quite a few power lines are down, but the rain has finally stopped. I'm really worried about family of mine in Lake Charles, LA - the pictures of the flooding on the news have been pretty bad.
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