NBC Picks Up Complaint of Environmentalists, But Also Shows Flooded Buses
Savidge wrapped up a piece on the flooding and all the E. Coli in the water: “There are some ecological concerns, especially as they begin pumping that filthy water out of New Orleans into either Lake Pontchartrain or the Gulf of Mexico. Environmentalists wonder, well what happens after that? City leaders simply say, one problem at a time.”
Myers, in a story which also aired on MSNBC's Countdown, began her “missed opportunities” story with a local government fiasco: “Some 200 New Orleans school buses sit underwater, unused, enough to have evacuated 13,000 people. Why weren't those buses sent street by street to pick up people before the storm?”
Man: “We stranded! Where we going to go? They ain't letting us, we ain't got no ride!”
Myers: “This draft emergency plan, obtained by NBC News, calls for 400 buses to be prepared to evacuate victims, yet some 200 buses were left abandoned in Katrina's path.”
Greg Shaw, disaster management expert: “That's a real tragedy, that these resources weren't employed, because it would have been good to get those people out of the city.”
Myers: “Today, the Mayor would not comment.”
Myers didn't address the lack of use of the city's regular transit buses before she moved on to looking at what caused delays in the arrival of the armed forces.