Canadians Beat U.S. Army to New Orleans Suburb

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0908-02.htm

It’s a bit late, but here is my second favourite story to emerge from Katrina (after the American media finally growing a pair) – a group of Canucks who managed to beat all the emergency organisations into New Orleans. Quiet infiltration is what we’re best at; just ask those who had to repaint the White House after we burned it! 😉

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.

Rescue workers from Vancouver, Canada, try to convince a resident of Chalmette, a community 7 miles (11 km) east of New Orleans, to evacuate his home, September 3, 2005. 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 deep in places, Sen. Walter Boasso said. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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 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.”

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