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Makes me proud to be a canuck.

Canadians beat U.S. Army to New Orleans suburb
08 Sep 2005 05:08:07 GMT

Source: Reuters

BATON ROUGE, La., Sept 7 (Reuters) - A Canadian search-and-rescue team reached a flooded New Orleans suburb to help save trapped residents five days before the U.S. military, a Louisiana state senator said on Wednesday.

The Canadians beat both the Army and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. disaster response department, to St. Bernard Parish east of New Orleans, where flood waters are still 8 feet (2.4 metres) deep in places, Sen. Walter Boasso said.

"Fabulous, fabulous guys," Boasso said. "They started rolling with us and got in boats to save people."

"We've got Canadian flags flying everywhere."

The stricken parish of 68,000 people was largely ignored by U.S. authorities who scrambled to get aid to New Orleans, a few miles (km) away. Boasso said residents of the outlying parishes had to mount their own rescue and relief efforts when Hurricane Katrina roared ashore on Aug. 29.

The U.S. government response to the disaster has been widely criticized. Politicians and editorial writers have called for the resignation of top Bush administration officials.

Boasso said U.S. authorities began airdropping relief supplies to St. Bernard last Wednesday, the same day the Canadian rescue team of about 50 members arrived from Vancouver, nearly 2,200 miles (3,540 km) away.

"They chartered a plane and flew down," he said.

Two FEMA officials reached the parish on Sunday and the U.S. Army arrived on Monday, he said.

"Why does it take them seven days to get the Army in?" Boasso asked.

He speculated that the smaller parishes suffered because the focus was on New Orleans, the famous home of jazz and Mardi Gras.

As for the Canadians, Boasso gave thanks for their quick work.

"They were so glad to be here," he said. "They're still here. They are actually going door-to-door looking in the attics" for people to rescue, he said.
Link: http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N07222207.htm
 

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fuck the french!!
 

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Well of course the Canadians beat us down there, look who we have leading our forces.

Besides, we threw the Canadians a bone, figured the Frenchies could use a victory i.e. morale boost once in a while. :lol:

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Frenchies? I'm glad to see that you know so much about the United States' largest trading partner. BTW, we got 40 inches of snow today. September has been a brutal month. Gotta go, must chase those polar bears away from my igloo. :)
 

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RottyB5A2 said:
Well of course the Canadians beat us down there, look who we have leading our forces.

Besides, we threw the Canadians a bone, figured the Frenchies could use a victory i.e. morale boost once in a while. :lol:

Ribbit.
You have a sick sense of humor
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look, if the us army started rescue ops in the suburbs first, there would be even more cries of racism/poor-ism/whatever...

seems like they took a triage kind of approach, help the "worst-off" first.

thanks to canada for the help, but this senator needs to STFU.
 

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passaturbonium said:
Canada :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

They could've flew around the world 10 times and still make it down there faster then our own help....NICE
Thanks, even all of our radio networks up here have Hurricane relief efforts goign strong. Everything from people buying from teddy bears that one station is going to hand deliever into the people living in the dome, to companies matching dollar for dollar of what people are donating.

And just to clarify, only 1 "state" (Quebec) out the 13 are primarliy french speaking. Ask anyone from the other 12 about them and we usually don't like them much either. :p
 

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Great! It's mutual then.
Heh well, I'd say the only issue the rest of Canada has with Quebec is the whole thing that they (usually around 45ish percent of Quebecers) want/vote to separate to be their own country. I personally have no issues with anyone in Quebec, just to clarify.
 

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Of course they beat our Army there, ours would be coming from Iraq or Afganistan.
 

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passaturbonium said:
Canada :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

They could've flew around the world 10 times and still make it down there faster then our own help....NICE
Easy enough to do at their latitude!
 
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