No, I am not in a good mood. And The Daily Beast can suck it:
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said on Friday evacuation was not necessary.That would be because we still remember the panicked evacuation of the city when Rita bore down on us even as refugees from Katrina were still sheltered in the Astrodome. Maybe the Daily Beast doesn't remember that, or Rita, which did this to Houston:
"There are a number of people who are in Hurricane Harvey's direct path, and evacuation orders have been given to them. But for the Houston area … this is a rainmaker for us. There's no need for people to be thinking about putting themselves in greater danger."
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said the safest thing for Houston residents was for them to “stay where you are and ride out the storm. … We don't anticipate any kind of massive evacuation.”
Now it’s too late to leave the city, with almost every roadway in and out closed. Even Sanchez admitted as much on Twitter: “I can keep telling you to stay put, but the reality is YOU CAN'T GET ANYWHERE RIGHT NOW.”
Because it never got here; it went to Beaumont instead.
People died in that panicked flight to Dallas. Interstate 45 was a parking lot for 250 miles. Had a hurricane hit, or even a 500 year storm, it would have been a disaster of greater proportion than if they'd stayed put. Even now I'm seeing people on the news saying how they were with friends watching the Mayweather fight last night, and shocked to discover by midnight the streets were flooded and the roads impassable. One guy even said he thought they'd fixed the drainage problem, so what happened?
You can panic a metro area of 4 million+ people and get them all in their cars as the rain bears down (it reaches from here to Austin, and north to Waco, halfway to Dallas, as well as east almost to New Orleans), or you can tell them to stay home and stay out of high water. Maybe they "CAN'T GET ANYWHERE RIGHT NOW," but at least they aren't trapped in a line of cars in rising water on the flooded streets which is why "YOU CAN'T GET ANYWHERE RIGHT NOW!" As I said, the State of Texas can't even get rescue equipment into Houston because of flooded roadways across the state from here to Austin. WHAT PART OF THE MAGNITUDE OF THIS PROBLEM DO YOU NOT FUCKING UNDERSTAND????!!!!!!?????? Do you think those people would be better off on those roads right now?
610 East Loop... before and during #Harvey. (h/t @MattSitkowski, @XDAGarwynn) pic.twitter.com/NYdyybULfT— Jacob Wycoff (@4cast4you) August 27, 2017
Imagine the shitstorm if those people had been told to run for their lives from the storm that was coming? Many coastal counties did impose mandatory evacuations, and at least one county is closed to anyone trying to re-enter, until further notice. But that county has only 16,000 residents. The local school district here has more students than that, and it's one of the smaller school districts in Houston (there are several in the area, Houston ISD is one of the largest in the country).*
Honestly, the internet makes idiots of everyone, and gives every goober with a grouse a platform to display his ignorance. And then somebody mistakes that for cleverness.
I'll retire to Bedlam.
*one of the worst problems with the flight from Houston was the people in coastal counties who couldn't get away because panicked Houstonians were blocking all the evacuation routes. Yeah, let's do that again!