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    Just before midnight on August 26, three days before Katrina was to make landfall, Kathleen Blanco received a phone call from George Bush. The president had been through a series of briefings from Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin and knew the potential dangers to New Orleans and the surrounding area from a storm the size of Katrina. Now he was attempting to convince the Governor of Louisiana that she needed to take immediate action.

    His pleas fell on deaf ears. It seemed that the Governor was more concerned with the legalities of accepting federal assistance, and the appearance that her office could not handle the emergency.

    Despite Governor Blanco’s reluctance to coordinate the state’s efforts with federal assistance, President Bush declared a state of emergency for Louisiana two full days before Katrina hit the Louisiana coast. The move allowed FEMA to begin staging relief supplies for immediate distribution in New Orleans once the storm had passed.

    The president's emergency declaration also allowed FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts and to provide appropriate assistance in a number of Louisiana parishes. All that was left to do was wait for Kathleen Blanco to request Federal assistance. Under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, which was revised after 9/11, the Federal Government and FEMA are not allowed to interfere with local operations unless they are authorized by state and local leaders.

    Meanwhile Blanco had her own advisors insisting that the President was actually making a request for federal takeover of the Louisiana National Guard, and asking to put Louisiana State Police under federal control. They were concerned that this would be the same as martial law and lead to abuse of power by the federal government.

    The next day, August 27, Bush called Blanco again and urged her to order a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans, she refuses.

    By August 28, with Katrina less than 24 hours away, Governor Blanco had not made the decision to allow FEMA workers to assist with relief efforts. On this same day, Max Maxfield, the National Hurricane Director, called Mayor Ray Nagin and educated him on the force of nature was bearing down on his city.

    He stressed to Nagin that this storm could clean New Orleans off the map. “A storm this size and intensity will destroy the levees in New Orleans, they were not built for this,” he said. Apparently Maxfield made his point, Mayor Nagin issued a mandatory evacuation order for New Orleans on Sunday, August 28.

    At 6:44am on August 29, Hurricane Katrina crossed Caprien Bay and slammed into Buras, Louisiana packing winds of 144 miles an hour and pushing a 24 foot wall of water ahead of her. The tidal surge fanned out in a cone ahead of the eye wall. As she crossed the Biloxi Wildlife Management Area and into Lake Borgne, the wall of water entered Lake Ponchartrain and began to affect the levee system of New Orleans.

    The eye continued north and made landfall again at the Mississippi/Louisiana border. As Katrina progressed inland the wind shifted, forcing additional pressure on the 17th Street Canal levee.

    On the afternoon of August 29, in downtown New Orleans and the French Quarter, the brunt of the high winds had passed. Residents began to peek out and discovered the city was mostly intact. There was wind damage, and some water in the streets, but they had seen this before and weren't concerned. Sometime during the night of the 29th or early morning of the 30th, water began to poor through the 17th Street Canal levee. New Orleans began to flood.

    By Tuesday, August 30, the federal relief effort began shipping food, water and medical supplies toward Louisiana for use in New Orleans. The same operation was underway in Mississippi and Alabama. The governors of those states had a already signed on to federal help and relief was pouring in. Governor Blanco was the lone holdout. She had still not made a decision.

    The Department of Defense sent search and rescue experts, doctors, nurses and support personnel. FEMA was there to help as much as they could but local and state officials would not allow them to participate because Governor Blanco still had not given her permission .

    Residents of New Orleans watched as the flood waters continued to poor through the breach in the 17th Street Canal levee and by Wednesday their frustration began to boil. The summer sun baked survivors on rooftops. Those who made it to the Superdome were now wandering through the gutted building, waiting for relief supplies and help which never came. Mayor Ray Nagin cursed everyone who failed to move fast enough, but Kathleen Blanco toured the stricken city in a helicopter while she conducted a news interview for CBS. On the ground, state officials were struggling with the magnitude of the disaster, but were rapidly being overwhelmed.

    Federal officials were on standby, ready to move, but Governor Blanco had still mot made a decision to ask for federal help.

    That evening, Blanco watched as reports of rapes and looting poured into the command center. National news agencies began to run video of looters breaking into stores and making off with garbage bags of goods. One policeman was shot in the head.

    Other rescue workers reported hearing bullets zinging around them as they tried to save lives. New Orleans was out of control, and the media was wondering who was in charge.

    On Thursday, September 1, amid a growing clamor of questions about the lack of action being taken in New Orleans, Blanco finally signed Executive Order KBB-2005-23, giving permission for the federal government to enter Louisiana with military assistance.

    FEMA began to move supplies into the stricken parishes along the path of Katrina. The Red Cross was finally given permission to deliver the food and water it had stockpiled in the area. Lt. General Russel Honore arrived and began to take command of the military assets which were already in place. As he barked orders, things began to happen, rapidly. Mayor Ray Nagin said, "He came off the doggone chopper, and he started cussing and people started moving.” Nagin called Gen Honore a “John Wayne kind of dude!”

    In the first 12 hours after Governor Blanco relinquished control of the rescue and relief effort in New Orleans, military helicopters flew more rescue missions than in the previous three days. Un-official count of those taken out of the flooded city topped 10,000.

    By Friday September 2, the federal relief effort was in full swing. Gen. Honore was now totally in charge and the effects of a firm leader were evident. A convoy of about 50 military vehicles arrived at the Convention Center where 7,000 storm survivors had waited for 4 days without food or water. When the convoy arrived military police quickly took charge and began to assist the survivors. State officials had halted the evacuations from two New Orleans hospitals, however, under Gen Honore’s command, the Army and National Guard began ferrying the injured and sick to safety.

    State Police, along with Military Police and other federal law enforcement agencies began restoring order. President Bush visited command posts in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana to personally make sure that everything that could be done, was being done. When he returned to Washington on the evening of September 2, he signed a temporary spending bill directing 10.2 billion dollars in aid be sent to Katrina affected states. The situation was beginning to improve.

    When the sick and injured are evacuated, the looters arrested, and the water drained, New Orleans will begin the enormous task of clean up and reconstruction. Already there are those in Congress who recognize that Louisiana has a reputation for being the most corrupt state in the country. They are strongly advocating that any federal money sent to Louisiana NOT be put into the hands of Louisiana officials.

    Rep. Tom Tancredo suggested that all federal money be funneled through a House Committee. “Given the long history of political corruption in Louisiana, I am not confident that Louisiana officials can be trusted to administer federal relief aid.”

    Currently, three officials with Louisiana State Office of Emergency Preparedness are under indictment for mis-handling of 30 million dollars in FEMA funds. In typical Louisiana fashion, Mark Smith of the Louisiana Homeland Security office said, “Really, it’s not that the money was misspent here or misspent there...it’s just a case of improper paperwork.”

    Justice Department officials have said that 30 million dollars is a lot of misfiled forms. Reports state the money was spent on professional dues, up-scale leather briefcases, large screen T.V.s, stereo equipment, and a trip to Germany.

    As coastal Louisiana begins to recover from this disaster, the voters in Louisiana are beginning to re-evaluate their choice of leaders. The voices for change in a state that has been called the nations only “banana republic” are growing louder. They vow to rebuild, both their beloved New Orleans and the political system that failed he

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    I could take hours picking this apart, but once you acknowledge, as ACC said, that EMAC has nothing to do with the federal government, and that the act of declaring a national disaster puts FEMA in charge of co-ordinating the relief effort, you quickly realize you're dealing with a piece of historical fiction.

     

     

     

     

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    Let me ask you a question:  Do you hold Nagin and Blanco at least as accountable as you hold Bush? 

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    Maybe Nagin - he should have issued the mandatory evacuation earlier, and he should have known what supplies were available at the "refuges of last resort" before sending everybody there.  

    I don't see what Blanco would have done differently - she made the national disaster request.  I suppose she could have issued a state-wide mandatory evacuation, but before Katrina not many would have listened.

    But for an administration whose mantra was "we kept America safe" after 9/11, the federal response was pathetic.  And at that point in the administration, just more evidence that this administration was incapable of doing anything competently.

    Also, somewhere along the line, the pooret, hardest hit parishes were removed from the national disaster declaration.  I'd really like to know who did that, because IMO it had to be deliberate, and directly caused human suffering.  Most of the blame is for inaction or incompetence - whoever struck those parishes acted willfully to hurt Americans.

     

     
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    Maybe Nagin - he should have issued the mandatory evacuation earlier, and he should have known what supplies were available at the "refuges of last resort" before sending everybody there.  

    I don't see what Blanco would have done differently - she made the national disaster request.  I suppose she could have issued a state-wide mandatory evacuation, but before Katrina not many would have listened.

    But for an administration whose mantra was "we kept America safe" after 9/11, the federal response was pathetic.  And at that point in the administration, just more evidence that this administration was incapable of doing anything competently.

    Also, somewhere along the line, the pooret, hardest hit parishes were removed from the national disaster declaration.  I'd really like to know who did that, because IMO it had to be deliberate, and directly caused human suffering.  Most of the blame is for inaction or incompetence - whoever struck those parishes acted willfully to hurt Americans.

     

     



    You are obviously totally dependent on the media and blogs for knowledge of how state disasters are actually managed!

     

    Why does no one talk about how Bush failed Mississippi and Alabama when they suffered catastrophic damage as well?

    Those states managed their emergency and used federal resources that were available to all three states!

    One state apparently didnt know how to do that! Guess which one? btw I love Louisiana but, their politicians have been crooked and wasteful for decades! 

     
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    Maybe Nagin - he should have issued the mandatory evacuation earlier, and he should have known what supplies were available at the "refuges of last resort" before sending everybody there.  

    I don't see what Blanco would have done differently - she made the national disaster request.  I suppose she could have issued a state-wide mandatory evacuation, but before Katrina not many would have listened.

    But for an administration whose mantra was "we kept America safe" after 9/11, the federal response was pathetic.  And at that point in the administration, just more evidence that this administration was incapable of doing anything competently.

    Also, somewhere along the line, the pooret, hardest hit parishes were removed from the national disaster declaration.  I'd really like to know who did that, because IMO it had to be deliberate, and directly caused human suffering.  Most of the blame is for inaction or incompetence - whoever struck those parishes acted willfully to hurt Americans.

     

     



    You are obviously totally dependent on the media and blogs for knowledge of how state disasters are actually managed!

     

    Why does no one talk about how Bush failed Mississippi and Alabama when they suffered catastrophic damage as well?

    Those states managed their emergency and used federal resources that were available to all three states!

    One state apparently didnt know how to do that! Guess which one? btw I love Louisiana but, their politicians have been crooked and wasteful for decades! 



    You need to familiarize yourself with the Stafford Act.  You keep repeating the same mis-information in every post.  Of course, after your roll call post, it's pretty obvious your mis-information is deliberate.

     

     
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    [QUOTE]Twenty-eight percent said they think former President George W. Bush, who was in office at the time, was more responsible for the poor federal response while 29 percent said Obama, who was still a freshman U.S. Senator when the storm battered the Gulf Coast in 2005, was more responsible. Nearly half of Louisiana Republicans — 44 percent — said they aren't sure who to blame.




     

     

     

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    I don't uderstand how someone will try and rationalize such an uninformed opinion.

    It's not a question of policy or philosophy, it's a point of reality that Obama wasn't anywhere near the whitehouse at the time.

    It boggles the mind.

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    You are leaning on a supposed poll produced by a very suspect organization.

     
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    well, no, that's not what I said.  Here's what happened.

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1484139/posts

    My point is that you apparently don't think that the Demoocrat governor, or the Democrat Mayor, have any responsibility.  Clearly the wiffed as the softball of preparing for Katrina, leaving it up to FEMA.

    To blame Bush is just more progressive foolishness.

    As far as who beleives what:  Well, I'm not big on Republians either.

     

     

     

     

     




     

     

     

     

     

    Now you're changing the subject ("goal posts").

    The subject is not the Democratic governor. The subject is not blaming Bush. This is the subject:

     

    28% blamed bush.

    29% blamed Obama.

    How much of the electorate is both so dumb and divisively hateful that they blame someone who wasn't President, and if he was President couldn't have done anything anyway (again, if you were right. I'm not bothering to verify).

     

     

     

     

     

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    Right.  And you believe everything PPP tells you.  As a polling firm, it's almost an arm of the Democrat party.

     

     

     

     

    Show me sample size, who was polled, where they were polled, when they were polled, whether they called cellphones or landline only, and I bet that number falls apart, at least in how it is applied.

    But, we know this for sure:  100% of Democrats blame Bush for Katrina, even though New Orleans has a Democrat mayor, and a Democrat governor, and Bush, unlike Obama, claims no special magical power to control the weather or the envirnment.

    It is just silly for the progressives to beat this drum.  It was a hurricane.  Hurricanes do damage.  Katrina was one of the largest on record. Blame the storm if you are so bent on assigning blame.

     

     

     

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    Nobody blames Bush for the hurricane.  

     

     

     

    We blame him for removing the hardest hit, poorest parishes from the national emergency declaration.  

    We blame him for diverting power from local hospitals to oil pipelines.

    We blame FEMA for blocking aid to the refugees, and we blame Bush for putting a horse judge in charge of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    We blame him for being woefully unprepared for a forecasted disaster, four years after 9/11.

    Is any of this unfair criticism? 

     

     

     

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    Yes, it is unfair.  What part of "worst hurricane ever" don't you get? Do you think that there might have been more than just a few issues going on?  

     

     

    And, it it had gone the other way, and there had been a dramatic oil spill, you would have complained that he should have powered up the pipelines first.

    Where were  the Democrat Mayor and the Democrat Governor? 

    This is the problem with the left:  handwringing and inaction at the time of crisis, followed by bitter complaining that those who took action did the wrong things.

    And, your list of complaints: Stay off the left wing blogs, it is rotting your brain.

     

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    Blanco requested a national emergency.  Bush granted it, but for some reason removed the hardest hit parishes.  Both parties took action, but the latter caused human suffering.

    What did Nagin and Blanco do or not do that you think deserves blame?

    What do you mean by "go the other way"?  When is it a good idea to divert power from a hospital?

    If you find anything inaccurate in my post, I challenge you to back it up.  You seem to waffle back and forth between rationalizing my criticisms and attacking their veracity.  Maybe do a little research and get back to me.

     

     

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    OK.  here are three errors.

    Blanco never put the parishes on the request.  look it up.

    Cheney never diverted power from a hospital to a oil pipeline at the expense of a hospital. It is a progressive dream that this happened, whihc is why it only appears on progressive sites. Look it up.

    Nagin was missing in action during the storm. Oh, and indicted on a ton of katrina related corruption charges. look it up.  Oh, heck, let me help:

    "ABC News producers probably didn't hear what they expected when they sent Dean Reynolds to the Houston Astrodome's parking lot to get reaction to President Bush's speech from black evacuees from New Orleans. Instead of denouncing Bush and blaming him for their plight, they praised Bush and blamed local officials. Reynolds asked Connie London: "Did you harbor any anger toward the President because of the slow federal response?" She rejected the premise: "No, none whatsoever, because I feel like our city and our state government should have been there before the federal government was called in.” She pointed out: “They had RTA buses, Greyhound buses, school buses, that was just sitting there going under water when they could have been evacuating people."


    Not one of the six people interviewed on camera had a bad word for Bush -- despite Reynolds' best efforts. Reynolds goaded: "Was there anything that you found hard to believe that he said, that you thought, well, that's nice rhetoric, but, you know, the proof is in the pudding?" Brenda Marshall answered, "No, I didn't," prompting Reynolds to marvel to anchor Ted Koppel: "Very little skepticism here.” 

    Reynolds pressed another woman: “Did you feel that the President was sincere tonight?" She affirmed: "Yes, he was." Reynolds soon wondered who they held culpable for the levee breaks. Unlike the national media, London did not blame supposed Bush-mandated budget cuts: "They've been allocated federal funds to fix the levee system, and it never got done. I fault the mayor of our city personally. I really do."

    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/brent-baker/2005/09/16/abcs-surprise-katrina-victims-praise-bush-and-blame-nagin#ixzz2coP9AG7Z

    You persist in this type of logic:  ANYTHING that went wrong with the worst hurricane in a century is Bush's fault.   The facts paint a different story.  Can't talk to you if your ears aren't open.

     
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    29% blamed Obama. How much of the electorate is both so dumb and divisively hateful that they blame someone who wasn't President, and if he was President couldn't have done anything anyway (again, if you were right. I'm not bothering to verify).

     

    So, I guess my question would be "Why would we auomatically take the word of a left leaning polling organization regarding the views of Republicans?"

     

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    [QUOTE]29% blamed Obama. How much of the electorate is both so dumb and divisively hateful that they blame someone who wasn't President, and if he was President couldn't have done anything anyway (again, if you were right. I'm not bothering to verify).

     

     

    So, I guess my question would be "Why would we auomatically take the word of a left leaning polling organization regarding the views of Republicans?"

     

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    The progressives are never going to answer that question. In their minds, the facts being in doubt is the same thing as the "facts" being true. If the poll is found to be lacking in truth, as this poll is likely to be, they will just clam up or move to some other angle.

     
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    well, no, that's not what I said.  Here's what happened.

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1484139/posts

    My point is that you apparently don't think that the Demoocrat governor, or the Democrat Mayor, have any responsibility.  Clearly the wiffed as the softball of preparing for Katrina, leaving it up to FEMA.

    To blame Bush is just more progressive foolishness.

    As far as who beleives what:  Well, I'm not big on Republians either.

     

     

     

     

     

     




     

     

     

     

     

     

    Now you're changing the subject ("goal posts").

    The subject is not the Democratic governor. The subject is not blaming Bush. This is the subject:

     

    28% blamed bush.

    29% blamed Obama.

    How much of the electorate is both so dumb and divisively hateful that they blame someone who wasn't President, and if he was President couldn't have done anything anyway (again, if you were right. I'm not bothering to verify).

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Right.  And you believe everything PPP tells you.  As a polling firm, it's almost an arm of the Democrat party.

     

     

     

     

     

    Show me sample size, who was polled, where they were polled, when they were polled, whether they called cellphones or landline only, and I bet that number falls apart, at least in how it is applied.

    But, we know this for sure:  100% of Democrats blame Bush for Katrina, even though New Orleans has a Democrat mayor, and a Democrat governor, and Bush, unlike Obama, claims no special magical power to control the weather or the envirnment.

    It is just silly for the progressives to beat this drum.  It was a hurricane.  Hurricanes do damage.  Katrina was one of the largest on record. Blame the storm if you are so bent on assigning blame.

     

     

     

     

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    Nobody blames Bush for the hurricane.  

     

     

     

     

    We blame him for removing the hardest hit, poorest parishes from the national emergency declaration.  

    We blame him for diverting power from local hospitals to oil pipelines.

    We blame FEMA for blocking aid to the refugees, and we blame Bush for putting a horse judge in charge of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    We blame him for being woefully unprepared for a forecasted disaster, four years after 9/11.

    Is any of this unfair criticism? 

     

     

     

     

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    Yes, it is unfair.  What part of "worst hurricane ever" don't you get? Do you think that there might have been more than just a few issues going on?  

     

     

     

    And, it it had gone the other way, and there had been a dramatic oil spill, you would have complained that he should have powered up the pipelines first.

    Where were  the Democrat Mayor and the Democrat Governor? 

    This is the problem with the left:  handwringing and inaction at the time of crisis, followed by bitter complaining that those who took action did the wrong things.

    And, your list of complaints: Stay off the left wing blogs, it is rotting your brain.

     

     

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    Blanco requested a national emergency.  Bush granted it, but for some reason removed the hardest hit parishes.  Both parties took action, but the latter caused human suffering.

    What did Nagin and Blanco do or not do that you think deserves blame?

    What do you mean by "go the other way"?  When is it a good idea to divert power from a hospital?

    If you find anything inaccurate in my post, I challenge you to back it up.  You seem to waffle back and forth between rationalizing my criticisms and attacking their veracity.  Maybe do a little research and get back to me.

     

     

     

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    OK.  here are three errors.

    Blanco never put the parishes on the request.  look it up.

    Cheney never diverted power from a hospital to a oil pipeline at the expense of a hospital. It is a progressive dream that this happened, whihc is why it only appears on progressive sites. Look it up.

    Nagin was missing in action during the storm. Oh, and indicted on a ton of katrina related corruption charges. look it up.  Oh, heck, let me help:

    "ABC News producers probably didn't hear what they expected when they sent Dean Reynolds to the Houston Astrodome's parking lot to get reaction to President Bush's speech from black evacuees from New Orleans. Instead of denouncing Bush and blaming him for their plight, they praised Bush and blamed local officials. Reynolds asked Connie London: "Did you harbor any anger toward the President because of the slow federal response?" She rejected the premise: "No, none whatsoever, because I feel like our city and our state government should have been there before the federal government was called in.” She pointed out: “They had RTA buses, Greyhound buses, school buses, that was just sitting there going under water when they could have been evacuating people."


    Not one of the six people interviewed on camera had a bad word for Bush -- despite Reynolds' best efforts. Reynolds goaded: "Was there anything that you found hard to believe that he said, that you thought, well, that's nice rhetoric, but, you know, the proof is in the pudding?" Brenda Marshall answered, "No, I didn't," prompting Reynolds to marvel to anchor Ted Koppel: "Very little skepticism here.” 

    Reynolds pressed another woman: “Did you feel that the President was sincere tonight?" She affirmed: "Yes, he was." Reynolds soon wondered who they held culpable for the levee breaks. Unlike the national media, London did not blame supposed Bush-mandated budget cuts: "They've been allocated federal funds to fix the levee system, and it never got done. I fault the mayor of our city personally. I really do."

    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/brent-baker/2005/09/16/abcs-surprise-katrina-victims-praise-bush-and-blame-nagin#ixzz2coP9AG7Z

    You persist in this type of logic:  ANYTHING that went wrong with the worst hurricane in a century is Bush's fault.   The facts paint a different story.  Can't talk to you if your ears aren't open.

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    I loooked it up and you're either wrong, or the local newspapers were fabricating evidence to paint Bush / Cheney in a negative light.  Which do you believe, in light of your "ears aren't open" remark?


    On Blanco not including the parishes in her request ...

    http://www.nola.com/katrina/index.ssf/2005/08/blancos_state_of_emergency_letter_to_president_bush.html

    Dear Mr. President:

    Under the provisions of Section 501 (a) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster
    Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121-5206 (Stafford Act), 
    and implemented by 44 CFR § 206.35, I request that you declare an emergency
    for the State of Louisiana due to Hurricane Katrina for the time period
    beginning August 26, 2005, and continuing. The affected areas are all the
    southeastern parishes including the New Orleans Metropolitan area and the
    mid state Interstate I-49 corridor and northern parishes along the I-20
    corridor that are accepting the thousands of citizens evacuating from the
    areas expecting to be flooded as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

    On Diverting power from local hospitals ...

    http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0914-05.htm

    Published on Sunday, September 11, 2005 by the Hattiesburg American (Mississippi)
    Power Crews Diverted: Restoring Pipeline Came First
    by Nikki Davis Maute

    Shortly after Hurricane Katrina roared through South Mississippi knocking out electricity and communication systems, the White House ordered power restored to a pipeline that sends fuel to the Northeast...

    Dan Jordan, manager of Southern Pines Electric Power Association, said Vice President Dick Cheney's office called and left voice mails twice shortly after the storm struck, saying the Collins substations needed power restored immediately...

    Compton said workers who were trying to restore substations that power two rural hospitals - Stone County Hospital in Wiggins and George County Hospital in Lucedale - worked instead on the Colonial Pipeline project.

    The move caused power to be restored at least 24 hours later than planned.

    Mindy Osborn, emergency room coordinator at Stone County Hospital, said the power was not restored until six days after the storm on Sept. 4. She didn't have the number of patients who were hospitalized during the week after the storm.

    "Oh, yes, 24 hours earlier would have been a help," Osborn said.

    Compton said workers who were trying to restore power to some rural water systems also were taken off their jobs and placed on the Colonial Pipeline project. Compton did not name specific water systems affected.

     
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