Save your life and evacuate. Or stay to make certain your wind insurance pays. Decisions decisions….
Its that time of the year – the beginning of another Hurricane season complete with advance news stories why our insurance rates need to rise yet again. Some evac stories always make it to the mix and it is there we start with this Melissa Scallan Sun Herald story:
Womack and other state officials are encouraging residents to go north, not east or west and to leave by alternate rather than primary routes, such as U.S. 49.
Some of the new and less-traveled routes include Mississippi 605 and Mississippi 67, which tie into each other and lead to U.S. 49. Wayne Brown, Southern District transportation commissioner for the state Department of Transportation, encourages residents to take highways such as Mississippi 15, 57, 63 and 29.
“If people stick to those, in my opinion, they’ll have much less traffic to deal with,” Brown said.
The state has agreed again this year to allow south Louisiana residents to use Mississippi interstates to evacuate.
If asked by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Mississippi will contraflow interstates 55 and 59, which means traffic in all lanes will flow north.
On I-55 contraflow will end just south of Brookhaven. On I-59 it will end just south of Hattiesburg.
Some exits will be open so motorists can get gas and food, Brown said, but those could be closed intermittently.
“We’re going to let them get off, but if that stop becomes congested we’ll close the exit,” he said.
Bob Chapman, emergency services manager for MDOT, said contraflow is one reason department officials encourage Mississippi residents to leave as early as they can.
“We can’t contraflow U.S. 49 for our residents because there are too many access points,” he said.
“The main emphasis is to evacuate early and go where you want to go.”
Next up is the obligatory Insurance (Mis) Infortmation Institute’s annual news plant explaining that costly Hurricanes are the reason rates are so expensive. What the story fails to mention is that insurers are paying out less in claims as a percenatge of their revenues than ever thus losses can’t be the true reason rates are sky high, coverage is scarce despite III’s paid shill Robert Hartwig’s protestations to the contrary. We pick up the AP story as published by the Houston Chronicle (h/t Mrs Sop): Continue reading “Slabbed Daily June 1, 2009: Hurricane Season / Toxic Paper Edition”