There's a small town in Miss. which had gotten cut off--the bridge in was destroyed--and finally the search and rescue teams entered the town, took a look around, and said, "This is not a search and rescue mission. It's a bag and tag mission."
Some are suggesting that once a storm reaches Cat 5 near land, the storm surge is on, even if the storm weakens later. In other words, Miss. got a Cat 5 storm surge and a Cat 4 storm. Looks like from damage done a 25 ft surge. That's what did all the killing--not the wind.
This message has been edited by robinrohan, 08-31-2005 11:39 PM
Houston is becoming a major refugee camp, and there is a little spill- over of lawlessness. All these people are trying to get into the Astrodome who are not supposed to go, according to the "rules." Supposed to be only for the people from the Superdome.
"Hospitals are trying to evacuate," said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Cheri Ben-Iesan, spokesman at the city emergency operations center. "At every one of them, there are reports that as the helicopters come in people are shooting at them. There are people just taking potshots at police and at helicopters, telling them, `You better come get my family.'"
There is an amazing diference between what the federal officals are saying, and what the networks are reporting.
Just an example: a reporter asked the head of FEMA about the dead bodies, in New Orleans--whether it was a health hazard.
He said he didn't know about any dead bodies.
Well, hell, you can see them on TV. Does he watch the news channels?
Obviously a lot of this stuff is being done on the fly, and it's difficult.
The Astrodome in Houston has stopped accepting occupants at around 4-5 thousand, after saying they could take 25,000. The local fire marshall said that's it. Of course, they are providing cots to everyone--it's not like the Superdome. But why could't they do the arithmetic of that in the first place? Seems simple enough.
Anyway all those buses are going elsewhere--God knows where.
I would also like to respond to all those fools who have been talking about how other countries have not been offering help. I've been running across a lot of that talk lately, and it's not true.
It's just that these other countries don't make a big production out of it like we do.
Over 25 countries have offered any assistance they can--from generators to medical personnel to cash. But they don't advertize it.
I would also like to apologize to my friends from other countries who have to put up with the ill-mannered boasts of my fellow Americans who keep talking about--in the topic about Iraq, for example--how great we are. Sorry.