Was it really better to not evacuate for Hurricane Harvey due to the chaos that creates?

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alan avak

I know the Houston mayor stated that past evacuations have not worked well for Houston but could there have been a smaller voluntary evacuation order that would have helped?  I’m only really looking for experts who have some expertise in this area of massive evacuations and disasters with fact based information.  I do believe its very very hard to evacuate a huge city like Houston and some people do not have the money to evacuate anyway.

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Henry Uye

As Tropical Storm Harvey barreled toward the Gulf Coast, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott urged residents of coastal and low-lying areas to evacuate and head to higher ground.

No one could know how bad the flooding would be, he said, and it wasn’t worth taking the risk.

“Even if an evacuation order hasn’t been issued by your local official… you need to strongly consider evacuating,” Abbott said Friday. “You don’t want to put yourself in a situation where you could be subject to a search and rescue.”

Abbott’s evacuation plea was in direct contradiction with local officials, who for days had been urging Houston to remain calm and stay off the roads. Some invoked the deadly traffic jams of Hurricane Rita in 2005 to remind residents that fleeing could be more fatal than staying in their homes.

As floodwaters rose, leaving residents trapped on upper floors or waving sheets from rooftops, Houston officials have been repeatedly forced to defend their decision, as critics questioned whether it was the right one.

 

Asked again Monday about the decision, Turner added: “You put millions of people on the road and they are running into a storm. … The best place for Houstonians and the people of Harris County was right here.”

In my own opinion, You literally cannot put 6.5 million [people] on the road. If you think the situation right now is bad — you give an order to evacuate, you are creating a nightmare.

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Sherianna Johnson

I would say no because some people did evacuate and its much better to do that if you can afford to

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James Mast

Utilizing game theory, I would say you evacuate. If you stay, there’s a 50% chance that you will die in the storm, if you leave it’s 100% chance that you will survive…unless you die in an evacuation stampede.

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King Ajlouni

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Charlene Ann Mildred Barroga

I will say this. we have a tendency to could are outside of the eyewall in Corpus Christi, however, the winds we have a tendency to had were furious now and then. The wind had this monumental energy thereto that I didn’t expertise with Matthew last year despite the fact that I used to be in all probability some miles nearer to Matthew’s eyewall.