Two days ago, before the storm, while there was still time to evacuate, Governor Abbott told people in Houston that if he were there, he’d head north. Local officials told them the opposite.They told them to not leave and expressed frustration that Abbott, a Republican, was sending a different message.
While Abbott was warning people in Houston, Democrat Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner asked people in the city to stay in their homes and off the roads to the extent possible. He said there might be a “greater danger” in having people who don’t need to be evacuated onto roads that could flood, US News reported.
Houston officials were frustrated after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott urged anyone who can to evacuate before Hurricane Harvey arrives, the newspaper reported.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Friday tweeted “please think twice before trying to leave Houston en masse.” His plea came shortly after Abbott held a news conference urging Gulf Coast residents to pack up and leave, whether or not their cities are under evacuation orders.
No evacuation orders had been issued for Houston.
Abbott has repeatedly suggested since Thursday that not enough people are evacuating.
— Stephen (@TheAviator1992) August 27, 2017
So who gets the blame?
[Update] The leftist media and politicians won’t stop bashing Trump over the pardon of Sheriff Arpaio and the left is blaming Trump for the reaction intruding on hurricane news. A Resistance tool with a. commie fist for a headline on his page, tweeted that was Trump’s fault.
Donald Trump diverted media attention with damn pardon crap that could have been focused on #houstonflood evac. & prep. This cost lives
— ♻️ Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) August 27, 2017
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) August 27, 2017
— The Hill (@thehill) August 26, 2017
CNN jumped too quickly on their headlines.
CNN: President Trump’s handling of Hurricane Harvey was disastrous.
Oops! That was supposed to be saved in draft up until after the storm..
— Julian Assange 🔹 (@RealAssange) August 27, 2017
People didn’t have to wait for the government to tell them what to do but this is a Democrat city.
Ppl had ample time to prepare or evacuate. The National Weather Service and news were very clear about this storm’s potential. #Houstonflood
— Mental E Mansa Pater (@DHfromtheV) August 27, 2017
Houston mayor won’t talk to Gov. Abbott
The Texas governor says he can’t reach the Houston mayor. Abbott said Sunday he called Turner’s cell phone “several times” to “let him know that, whatever he needs, the state of Texas will provide.” Abbott said he has yet to hear back from the mayor.
In response to Abbott’s comments about evacuating coastal areas and Houston, the mayor said that they would have been rescuing people from flooded roads. Plucking people off roofs isn’t easy either. No one should rely only on the government. Make your own decision.
Rescuing from rooftops isn’t easy either. He says we “can still manage the outcome”.