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Claim: Photograph shows school buses caught in a flooded New Orleans parking lot.
Examples: [Collected on the Internet, 2005]
Origins: The photo verification part of this item is simple enough: The image of school buses in a flooded parking lot displayed above was taken in
Whether this photograph truly represents a lost opportunity to have evacuated a substantial number of New Orleans residents ahead of Hurricane Katrina is difficult to assess. Such a claim presumes an availability of resources (e.g., experienced drivers, fuel) and workable logistics (e.g., sufficient means of notifying and getting residents to departure points, sufficiently clear roads for multiple trips out of town and back, adequate facilities within a reasonable driving distance capable of providing shelter, food, and water to a large number of people for an indeterminate period of time on short notice) that may or may not have been present. (There's no guarantee that all the buses shown in this picture were even in working condition.) And, given the particular geography of
Opportunities like the one posited here may or may not have been missed in
Last updated: 6 September 2005
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