Sep 11, 2008

Voices of Ike - Worried

10:40 pm, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008 From Houston trauma surgeon Ken Mattox, MD

Just my personal observation and I make the following observations from my desk INSIDE my office, but here goes. I am very worried about the SURGE to High Island over to Port Arthur. I am very concerned that there has been too much complacency. I think too many people close to the shore have stayed to ride out the storm. I am concerned that before the evacuations TODAY, we might have had 1200 fatalities. With what I see, there STILL could be up to 100 deaths, most sudden and by drowning with SURGE. The patients will not be treatable once the SURGE hits. Unfortunately, the situation is cast. By 9:00 - 11:00 AM in the morning, it will be impossible to move or do anything about it. We focused on the Port O"Conner area for so long we lost sight of the High Island-Port Arthur problem and most transportation assets were used elsewhere. I hope my calculations are incorrect.

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