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September 23, 2005

Traffic situation improving in Houston

A heartening report about the traffic flow out of Houston from Richard, a citizen journalist blogging at Stormwatchers. He writes:

As you can see by the highway cameras at http://traffic.houstontranstar.org, the traffic has diminished. [...]

For those who are inclined to rail against "the government," especially about the failure to provide gasoline for the long lines of evacuees on the highways yesterday, I offer a counterpoint: Houston and Harris County have done as excellent a job as they can. No plan survives contact with the enemy, sayeth the old military epigram. In this case, the "enemy" is a major threat to the fourth largest city in America...Rita. We learned from Katrina - and now we have more lessons to absorb.

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Old saying: "Plans are worthless, but planning is everything."

This proverb is variously attributed to Dwight Eisenhower and Winston Churchill. When Ike himself said it, he described it as something he "heard long ago in the Army" (here, 9th quote down.)

I got a couple of anecdotes about evacuation problems in Houston and have blogged about them. One illustrates the degree to which the traffic north is stalled: two people 4 hours out of Houston got a call to return home. They turned around and easily made it back home in 15 minutes.

I offer a counterpoint: Houston and Harris County have done as excellent a job as they can.

Thees ees true, joo are right, everyone tried their best...

Oh, God...

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