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Sunday, August 28, 2005

awol's been sticking it to louisiana for years...

he's been slashing the corps of engineers' budget for hurricane and flood protection projects in nawhlins. he's merged fema into homeland security and cut their funding. oh, yeah...he's got some serious 'splaining to do about his "voodoo" economic theories of pillaging america.
the u.s. army corps of engineers has identified millions of dollars in flood and hurricane protection projects in the new orleans district.

chances are, though, most projects will not be funded in the president's 2006 fiscal year budget to be released today.

in general, funding for construction has been on a downward trend for the past several years, said marcia demma, chief of the new orleans corps' programs management branch.

in 2001, the new orleans district spent $147 million on construction projects. when fiscal year 2005 wraps up sept. 30, the corps expects to have spent $82 million, a 44.2 percent reduction from 2001 expenditures.

demma said noc expects its construction budget to be slashed again this year, which means local construction companies won't receive work from the corps and residents won't see any new hurricane protection projects. - new orleans city business

(thanks to coldfusion's kos diary)

but the gambit had been warning nawhlinians about awol's evil plans awhile ago...

a disaster waiting to happen

in louisiana, requests for flood mitigation funds were rejected by fema this summer. in north carolina, a state also regularly threatened by hurricanes and floods, fema recently refused the state's request to buy backup generators for emergency support facilities. and the budget cuts have halved the funding for a mitigation program that saved an estimated $8.8 million in recovery costs in three eastern north carolina communities alone after 1999's hurricane floyd.

consequently, the residents of these and other disaster-prone states will find the government less able to help them when help is needed most, and both states and the federal government will be forced to shoulder more recovery costs after disasters strike.

..in addition, the white house has pushed for privatization of essential government services, including disaster management, and merged fema into the department of homeland security -- where, critics say, natural disaster programs are often sidelined by counter-terrorism programs. - the gambit

disaster in the making


the federal emergency management agency's diminished capacity to handle natural disasters is especially worrisome to louisiana.

"before fema was condensed into homeland security it responded much more quickly," says walter maestri, director of jefferson parish's office of emergency management. maestri has worked with fema for eight years. "truthfully, you had access to the individuals who were the decision-makers. the fema administrator had cabinet status. now, you have another layer of bureaucracy. fema is headed by an assistant secretary who now has to compete with other assistant secretaries of homeland security for available funds. and elevating houses is not as sexy as providing gas masks."

maestri is still awaiting word from fema officials as to why louisiana, despite being called the "floodplain of the nation" in a 2002 fema report, received no disaster mitigation grant money from fema in 2003 ("homeland insecurity," sept. 28). maestri says the rejection left emergency officials around the state "flabbergasted."

...fema's diminished capacity to respond to natural disasters, and to thwart preventable damage from a major catastrophe, is especially worrisome to louisiana. areas of louisiana once received hundreds of thousands of dollars from "project impact," fema's largest disaster-prevention program, until the bush administration eliminated it in 2001.

it gets worse: not only did fema reject all disaster-mitigation grant applications from louisiana for 2003, but the state might not get any funding in 2004. maestri says that as of sept. 28, fema hadn't notified his office that any grant money was available for fiscal year 2004, which ended sept. 30. - the
gambit

and this horrifying headlines put it in stark black and white....

direct hurricane hit could drown city of new orleans, experts say (east tennessean)
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