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Sunday, August 28, 2005

I-10 = Snail's pace 

Just talked to Gulfport fire chief Pat Sullivan who was out by Interstate 10 on Lorraine Road in Gulfport. He said eastbound traffic is bumper-to-bumper, and moving only 10 mph or so. He wanted to stress two things. First, county officials really want people to get out of Dodge this time. "If you're sitting on the fence," he said, "get off the fence and go." They really want everybody south of I-10 to get north of I-10. Secondly, he said that if people expect the typical 5-8 minute response time to a 911 call during the storm, they will be sadly mistaken. Once winds get above 60 mph, ambulances can't get out and other responders will be similarly affected. It may take armored personnel carriers to get folks to emergency scenes.

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