Tampa, RNC brace for Tropical Storm Isaac
Mayor Bob Buckhorn on impact on convention
- Duration 4:07
- Date Aug 23, 2012
Mayor Bob Buckhorn on impact on convention
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Thank you very much for being here.
What do you write this up a little bit of a well.
It's it's just that -- every day in the mayor's office is a busy day right -- what are you gonna do about that's what I bet that latest forecast sounds not.
Terrible could be worse.
Under those circumstances -- it's not a direct hit it's a -- a rain and wind event that could cause some flooding do you evacuate your city.
Oh absolutely not this conventional go off as planned Tampa will shine.
We'll have one day of probably rain in some wind and and the remaining Tuesday Wednesday Thursday ought to be just beautiful.
We're looking forward to hosting a great event we've been -- in on this and working for this for a year and a half and we couldn't be more excited.
Isaak is an inconvenience.
But it's not insurmountable.
Well it is exciting I mean -- -- you know -- is a new person you -- get.
-- -- when you see a big hurricane but it's also potentially dangerous as you know and you're the guy -- was the power to evacuate the city what would it take.
Well it would be done in conjunction with the governor and all of our emergency preparedness folks with the RNC.
They've been great partners with us for the last year and a half that isn't gonna change at all.
Will all be making the same decisions based on the same data together.
I don't think this storm is go to war at that at all.
I think at best as is the that the weather person indicated.
We will get some wind and perhaps some rain.
I don't think it's gonna require evacuation I don't think storm surge will be an issue I think this convention is gonna go off as planned and it's going to be a great event and.
And so if that the models change and end this thing looks like it's you know -- a little bit more towards the coastline and at a greater threat to Tampa.
How does one evacuated city like this when you have an extra 50000 people coming in for -- RNC.
Well that the good thing about being a Floridian is is we live with this reality every summer and so we train for we prepared for it.
We've actually done a table -- exercise this year that included.
A storm in this scenario.
It's all about moving people to higher ground.
In this particular circumstance it would just mean moving more people.
But bear in mind -- that they'll be 400 buses that will be deployed here.
To move the delegations anyway.
So if we ever got to that circumstance I think we can handle it we know what we're doing we're prepared to execute but I am pretty confident that that's not going to be a problem.
While the 400 boxes we'll take the delegates but what about the rest of us mr.
mayor we can't we want to be stuck there are literally -- the media did.
I did -- the -- water wings.
If you're gonna flown to Disney mega.
It's another we're we got a legal and north Orlando I mean it probably is -- worst case there is -- is not gonna happen we're gonna have a little rain and that's going to be that but.
If we had to -- now is that we have sent folks.
Actually well it would depend on the track of the storm.
But normally you would move them to higher ground we would move them in -- we would move them away from the storm surge.
Because a storm surge is really what you worry about any circumstances.
That's where you get lost a life that's where you get damage to property.
If we would move view except for you -- we would move folks to Polk County or Orange County.
But again it would depend on the track of the storm.
T have to make that decision any earlier than you'd like to given the bridge situation we had a report of the top of the hour about how you get these three key bridges.
And those are you know and subject to these wind events in potential dangers -- have to worry about sending cars over the.
Well we do but that's the world that we live in and what we we accommodate -- we compensate for those in our evacuation planning.
We're obviously aware of them we know.
Structurally what they can take we know what's involved in closing them.
It's all about moving people and moving bodies and moving traffic.
You know we get we can do reversible lanes we can do all kinds of things.
To get people from the low lying areas which are largely at the beaches.
Up into the inland areas.
Which are the areas around Lakeland and orange county and Polk County but a lot of that again depends on which way the storm is going.
All right mr.
mayor we will continue to watch it thanks so much for -- the time for us today.
You bet CNN.