Monday, February 2, 2009

Kentucky Governor Asks Obama To Speed Up Disaster Relief; Death Toll Rises; Half-Million Without Power; Still No Bama

National death toll hits 55 in ice storm, 24 in KY

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Steve Beshear (beh-SHEER) is raising his state's death toll to 24 in a storm that caked several states in ice last week.

That means at least 55 people have died in the storm nationwide. Beshear says in a letter to President Barack Obama released Monday that 10 of the deaths were from carbon monoxide poisoning and at least nine others from hypothermia.

The governor's office isn't giving details on the individual deaths.

More than 470,000 still without power in Midwest

The following things happened within 100 hours after Hurricane Katrina smashed into the Louisiana/Mississippi coastline in 2005. The Anchoress wrote:

Before Katrina struck, New Orleans and surrounding areas had been declared “disasters” by President Bush, who did so in order to expedite the delivery of monies and services needed to cope with what everyone believed would be a very bad storm. Actually, he did the same thing, last year, for Hurricane Charley, and was criticized for doing so by some, but that’s not important right now.

Between 2,500 and 3,000 people have been rescued by the Coast Guard, National Guard and First Responders.

National Guard and Regular Army have deployed 50,000 troops…the biggest domestic relief effort in U.S. history after Monday’s onslaught by killer Hurricane Katrina.

The Navy is sending the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman to join an armada of vessels off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Air Force said it was adding a high-flying U-2 spy plane to the relief effort to take pictures to help relief efforts at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Army has put on alert roughly 3,000 active-duty ground troops from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to be prepared to deploy to New Orleans…The brigade-sized force, likely to be from the 82nd Airborne Division, would engage in crowd control and site-protection activities.

Pipelines are being restored and refineries are beginning to get back into operation.

Levee repairs are underway - reportedly one break has already been fully repaired as of this evening. See You Big Mouth You for Poop about Pumps which is very informative.

Refugees are being taken in in Texas, and the University of Texas, Rice University, Texas A&M, Texas State and Baylor University (and many other schools) are opening their doors to displaced students.

FEMA began working this past Friday, but the storm hit ONE WEEK AGO TUESDAY.

And if anyone still thinks there is no double-starndard in the media, read this CNN puff piece on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's "stressful" first week....Poor Janet, she is so busy worrying about Super Bowl security to be interested in a few "Inconvenient Deaths".

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