When natural disasters occur, such as hurricanes and flooding, we almost always have days in advance to prepare.

As we watch the recent events in Texas unfold on TV, we see long lines of cars leaving the threatened area but only using one side of the highways -- usually just the lanes heading north.

While traffic into the area is quite restricted, I wonder why the other lanes on the highway couldn't be used to alleviate these lines. I realize emergency vehicles need access but by keeping one lane open it would remedy that problem and help anxious families.

Another thought: It also seems that gas stations are constantly running out of fuel during these times of disaster. Why couldn't gas tankers be put in place before the disaster and evacuation occurs? During recent hurricanes, families were told not to leave home due to gas shortages as they move north.

At a time when families are completely stressed, it seems these simple ideas might be helpful. Just something to consider in the future.

Kay and Dean Morton, La Crosse

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