Did people evacuate? Um Yes, a Cat 5 hurricane was headed their way.
Playing with words is cute. An evacuation was called for, mandatory or not, and it was a very successful one. If you meant something else then perhaps you should have said a mandatory evacuation was not called for.
08/27/2005 Saturday afternoon, after getting into town and taking care of some last minute supply issues with the fuel, food and over 12 gallons of water, I then headed out to film the evacuation. At 4:00 P.M. Interstate 10 was turned into the Contraflow. That is where all lanes of traffic on Interstate 10 flow west bound. No eastbound traffic.
08/28/2005 Less then 24 hours away and now people are taking Hurricane Katrina serious. Here is a video of the Contraflow on Interstate 10 with all lanes packed solid less then a day away from the zero hour of 7:00 AM when the power failed in downtown New Orleans. From the looks of this video, you would think there would be nobody left in the city.