Katrina rescue in 6 hours
Or was it 4-5 days, I forget.
The following story is not a black and white condemnation of anything, but shows a little of what shape America is in.
Canada has one Urban Search And Rescue team made up of 40+ well trained volunteers. They are located in Vancouver. Basically located near the north-west corner of the USA. New Orleans is on the south-east corner of the USA, surrounded by 47 American States.
Canada's team decided 6 hours after Katrina hit that their services would be needed in NO. They left 6 hours after that, as to protocol. The success of their mission perhaps relied upon the dual nation effort, one not marred by the totalitarian mindset gripping the USA. Where seemingly everyone is afraid to criticize the Emperor, and his goofish goons.
Louisiana State Police escorted Canada's USAR team in Chalmette Louisiana, although there wasn't much violence at the time, just welcome, and dead bodies. FEMA actually didn't stand in their way.
From Vancouver, B.C. to Chalmette, Louisiana
CTV.ca News Staff
A Vancouver-based search and rescue team is back at home after a very intense time in southern Louisiana.
The 46-member Urban Search and Rescue Team were exhausted, but they had some results to show for their work: 119 people rescued.
Their efforts were appreciated.
"The president of (St. Bernard Parish) got up and hugged me when I came through the door," said Tim Armstrong, one of the team's leaders, upon arrival back home Tuesday. They had shipped out on Aug. 31 -- two days after Hurricane Katrina struck.
"They all started weeping, because we were the first sign of relief effort that came in there."
On one 18-hour day of work recorded by CTV News Vancouver's David Kincaid, they were doing much more searching than rescuing.
As they worked through homes in Chalmette -- a town of 32,000 on the Mississippi River's east bank about just southeast of New Orleans -- in teams of three to four, protected by armed escorts from the Louisiana State Police, they would write a code on the home.
In one case, they wrote 2D in red paint, meaning two dead inside the home.
"If they're there, you're going to get a 'respond,' right?" asked Steve Svensson. "But if there's dead in there you're going to smell it right away."
With temperatures in the 30-plus degrees Celsius range, the stench of decay was everywhere in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the resultant flooding.
To check homes, they either knocked out windows or used crowbars to pry open doors to go inside.