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Evacuating New Orleans

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A drill aimed at avoiding the chaos that followed last year's deadly Hurricane Katrina continues in New Orleans today after day one of the event had some hiccups.

Yesterday, dozens of make-believe evacuees boarded evacuation buses while state and federal officials in Baton Rouge planned to reroute traffic and call up the National Guard. The scenario had a fictitious "Hurricane Alicia" swirled in the Gulf of Mexico.

Yesterday's drill was supposed to include a mock evacuation of the state's largest FEMA trailer site in a Baton Rouge suburb. But officials say it didn't happen because of an apparent communication breakdown.

Another glitch turned out to be conflicting reports of where the buses would be. But the city's homeland security director says he believes the drill shows that overall, New Orleans is ready for hurricane season.


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