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NOLA Mayor Nagin is insane

I’m sorry, but this man was irresponsible to encourage people to return to New Orleans this week, with the lack of power, water and well, toxic sludge all over the place.

He wouldn’t listen to anyone until he saw that there’s another storm coming.

“I am concerned about this hurricane getting in the gulf. … If we are off, I’d rather err on the side of conservatism to make sure we have everyone out,” Mayor Ray Nagin said.

The announcement came after repeated warnings from top federal officials — and the president himself — that the city was unsafe. The mayor reversed course even as residents began trickling back to the first neighborhood opened as part of Nagin’s plan, the scarcely damaged Algiers section.

The mayor said he had wanted to reopen some of the city’s signature neighborhoods over the coming week in order to reassure the people of New Orleans that “there was a city to come back to.” He said he had strategically selected ZIP codes that had suffered little or no flooding.

But “now we have conditions that have changed. We have another hurricane that is approaching us,” he said. He warned that the city’s pumping system was not yet running at full capacity and that its levee system was still in a “very weak position.”

Anyone that thinks this man cares about the poor in his city (too many on the Left are trying to give him a pass), needs to wake up.

After all, Nagin appeared on the DVD that never made it into the hands of the poor, saying they “were on their own” to save themselves in case the “Big One” hit.

Everybody needs to have their own plans. Check with your neighbors, check with your relatives.”

…Some 275 public buses had been lined up to carry the most vulnerable from the city, but drivers were in short supply. Recruitment of bus drivers was barely underway when the storm shut it down.

A plan to warehouse life vests and rubber rafts also remained on the drawing board. Truehill said he had intended to submit an acquisition plan to the city. But even then, city leaders had been counting on federal funding to put much of the plan into place.

At least one goal had been met: the distribution of 700,000 pamphlets specifying what items to bring during an evacuation. Red Cross officials say the pamphlets’ advice apparently was heeded by many who fled the storm.

Even if the entire plan had been operational, it contemplated 72 hours’ notice to get everyone out. Only half that time was left when mandatory evacuation orders were issued by Nagin and Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco.

His evacuation plan only considered those with cars and the means to get out. That’s not a plan.

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