City Coming Up With New Emergency Evacuation Plan

CLEVELAND - There may be little defense should terrorists strike Downtown Cleveland, but at least the city is getting ready with a new emergency evacuation plan, 19/43 News' Bill Younkin reported.

Following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, more than 100,000 people tried to leave downtown at one time, creating gridlock on the streets leading to the suburbs.

Since then, city leaders have been working on ways to clear out of downtown in case of an attack or serious scare.

Plans could include putting an army of extra traffic controllers on the streets, transporting people on RTA busses to the suburbs and even turning the interstate system into one-way streets leading away from downtown.