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Re: [Dailydave] Completely Offtopic
From: Rodney Thayer (rodneycanola-jones.com)
Date: Fri Sep 02 2005 - 10:57:43 CDT
See the paper trail on all the money for flood control in Louisiana
that's been diverted over the past several years. See Bush's
not-always-positively-received reactions to the events.
Yeah, a metric fsck-ton of water fell on the place and it makes
it hard for anyone to deal, but we've been terraforming that part
of the planet for 200 years and we seem to get that wrong sometimes.
And I think people DO train urban rescue for flooding conditions. These
hurricane things have been happening for a while.
Ron Gula wrote:
> At 10:50 AM 9/2/2005, Rodney Thayer wrote:
>> It's times like this I hate the fact that it appears we have some
>> reason to be embarassed in front of our European collegues
>> about our federal government's incompetence at disaster management.
>> One tries not to imagine what they'll do if confronted with a "digital
>> Pearl Harbor".
> Really? I'm sure things could have been done better here, but we
> have 50,000+ people in the area, hundreds of thousands trying to
> get out and no roads. When was the last time any major superpower
> had to evacuate a whole city in just a few days, and then contend
> with no roads and flooding.
> There are lots of positive examples of things that did work, like
> the fact that a large amount of the population made it out before
> the bad weather hit. Things like showers and hot meals in the
> Houston stadium just 1-2 days after things hit are also amazing.
> Lastly, no-one trains urban rescue in 3-4' of flood water. I think
> if you take any well trained response force from anywhere in the
> world and put them in NO right now, they would be having similar
> Ron Gula