Bracing for a direct hit by Irene, New York mayor Bloomberg first declared a state of emergency, then ordered the evacuation of an estimated 370,000 residents from their homes in the low-lying areas of all five boroughs of the city. He then backed up that order with an iron fist, proclaiming that anyone refusing to evacuate would be violating the law.
Curiously, Bloomberg chose not to evacuate the criminals in Rikers Island, — on which sits New York city’s main jail complex — according to Mother Jones, and warned that any looters caught during or in the wake of the storm will be placed in internment camps. [Source: Yahoo]
Bloomberg was asked about the decision not to close Rikers at a news conference Saturday night. He said the island is higher than the Zone A areas that were evacuated and is “perfectly safe” from the storm. City officials say the island is not in Zone A, the area designated most vulnerable to flooding, so there’s no reason to move the prisoners and guards to a different location. They add that all power sources have been inspected and all outdoor furniture has been secured.
Hello! Rikers Island is an island, but it’s “perfectly safe” from flooding? Just look at this aerial view of the island:
And here’s a map showing the evacuation zones:
Something just doesn’t add up.
Either Bloomberg couldn’t give a fig about prisoners and prison guards, or the evacuation of city residents was contrived.
Early this morning, Bloomberg ordered the mass evacuation be lifted. New York’s subway, buses, and airports are re-opening and resuming service.