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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Abandoned school buses in New Orleans

Flooded school buses in New Orleans (source: Instapundit)

Now why didn't the Mayor order these buses take car-less residents out of the city before the levees broke? More here.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 9/03/2005 02:19:00 pm


Blogger Paul said...

AL, that picture and your comments are very interesting. Here we have groups of local authorities that get together and plan for just this sort of emergency. I have been to civil defence and emergency management meetings and seen just how well prepared we are in this counrty. To leave a farm of buses for emergency transport exposed to the risk of being rendered useless is unthinkable here.

I am staggered by the lack of response or co-ordination in the Gulf States, and I can't help but wonder if it is because they are the poor States, do you think that the Federal response would have been swifter if it had been Newport, Santa Monica, or even leftie heaven San Francisco?

I hate to say it, but I think that the poor folk of the Gulf states have been truely served poorly by the Federal Government.

9/03/2005 09:16:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Paul, why are they badly served by the federal gummint when the bloody busses were owned by the state? You got glue ear or blind eye or sumpin?

9/03/2005 09:24:00 pm  
Blogger Paul said...

Adolf, no doubt about it the State failed badly, the point i that I think that the State Gov't just never bothered to prepared for this despite what would have been an obious risk to CDEM officers in NZ. I've been to Louisiana and Missippi and those States seemed more interested in sexy things like tourism, casino control, and welfare.

I do think that the Federal Government has failed those folk badly too. hence my reference to more affluent communities in more noteworthy states.

It goes against my usual political tendancies, but I do think Bush has fucked this up Federally.

9/03/2005 10:11:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Hmmm. Blaming the Fed government for the lame reaction of the Mayor and other leaders close to the scene is a bit weird. FEMA and National Guard troops from other States were on the way, but it was the locals who ordered the people into the Superdome and didn't evacuate them when they had the chance and (obviously) the equipment. How does that make it the Feds fault? You are aware each State has its own Department for these sorts of things. The Feds exist to coordinate Federal resources, not local resources.

9/03/2005 10:57:00 pm  
Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

And it goes lower than that too, City, County or Parish often have their own resources too. No the faults here appear to start at the bottom and work up...

9/03/2005 11:16:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Very much so. If you go to factcheck.org, they say Bush did indeed cut funding for some Army Corp of Eng projects. And the upgrade project for the NO area was due to be completed in..... 2015, and it would only have been for protection against surge flooding from a Cat 3 storm.

9/03/2005 11:43:00 pm  
Blogger Tane said...

I suspect that the bus drivers left with their own families. No bus drivers, no movement by bus. OK, in an emergency, you could work it out as you go and bugger the scratches. But it may be that that depot, and others like it, were inundated and the buses made unusable pretty quickly; I've seen photos of similar ones under water.

From some reports on the net (No Right Turn linked to one), all of the planning failed to account for those 'lacking mobility'. Whether it's the Feds, State, City or County, someone screwed up.

9/04/2005 10:31:00 pm  

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