Watching Hurricane Gustav move through the Gulf toward New Orleans, I’ve been thinking about Ariane Wiltse, a former teaching assistant with me who moved back to New Orleans after completing her master’s to help tell the positive stories of New Orleans’ rebuilding.
She sent an e-mail to her friends and family today to let us know that she is safely in Mobile, Ala., and will be using her friend’s blog to report on her evacuation experience http://kathyprice.typepad.com/dispatch_from_new_orleans/
In her e-mail, she said that the drive from New Orleans to Mobile normally is three hours. It took four hours to get out of New Orleans and another five to get to Mobile. Certainly the roads didn’t look like this front page photo during the peak of the evacuation.