Americans are trying to flee Louisiana as Hurricane Ida threatens the gulf coast, but many are encountering traffic gridlock.
Videos posted to social media show gridlock on the West side of the state as people head for Texas.
I-10 west is really backed up near the Louisiana/Texas border. pic.twitter.com/WJMOsC2d3s
— Jeff Paul (@Jeff_Paul) August 28, 2021
The East side of the state is also backed up as people head for Mississippi.
Traffic backed up on I-10 East at Gause in Slidell https://t.co/Mai6c1d5QR— KColeman (@KColeman) 1630176454.0
NBC News digital deputy Washington editor Ginger Gibson, a graduate of Louisiana State University, offered her analysis of how the situation reveals political motivations.
"Wanna know why Sen.Bill Cassidy (R-LA) wanted that infrastructure bill so bad? It's taken my brother ... more than 5 hours to drive 10 miles through Baton Rouge on I-10 trying to evacuate. He still hasn't gotten across town. The city needs a new bridge real bad," she explained.
Wanna know why @SenBillCassidy wanted that infrastructure bill so bad? It’s taken my brother @Astros_Alex more than… https://t.co/UM0MusAUZM— Ginger Gibson (@Ginger Gibson) 1630180359.0
Video from Baton Rogue shows a large traffic jam.
This is the west bound side of I-10 in Baton Rouge still some 70 miles from New Orleans #Fox26 https://t.co/MvUr0Vc6H7— Randy Wallace (@Randy Wallace) 1630173543.0
Cassidy has been a strong supporter of the bipartisan infrastructure framework, posting a highlight reel to social media showing him advocating for the bill during local media interviews.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will benefit every part of our state. https://t.co/cMhnL9pIaD— U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D.) 1629813830.0