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The City of New Orleans Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan clearly states, “The City of New Orleans will utilize all available resources to quickly and safely evacuate threatened areas,” and “Transportation will be provided to those persons requiring public transportation from the area.” Part II, Section B, paragraph 5 of the Louisiana Emergency Operations Plan (supplement 1A) states, “School and municipal buses, government-owned vehicles, and vehicles provided by volunteer agencies may be used to provide transportation for individuals who lack transportation and require assistance in evacuating.”

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The 13-hour drive piloted by first-time bus driver Jabar Gibson, 20, began Wednesday as trapped New Orleans residents came to the conclusion they could expect no help from the slow developing rescue efforts in the city. Gibson said police in New Orleans told him and others to take the school bus and try to get out of the flooded city.

Jay Tea adds: It must be noted that these buses once represented assets, when they could have helped save literally tens of thousands of people from the flooding. Now they are worse than useless, they’are actually liabilities. They are now just tons and tons of useless scrap, dumping lord knows how many thousands of gallons of fuel, oil, and other hazardous chemicals into the already-dangerous-enough soup that is drowning New Orleans.

(Hat tip to Junkyard Blog)

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