The South Mississippi Sun Herald is reporting today that the City of New Orleans has been forced to resort to asking for assistance from entities outside of the United States of America. While we all appreciate the generosity of the individuals, countries and NGOs (non-governmental organizations) who offered to help in the immediate aftermath of the horrific flooding, this is ridiculous!
If you want a brief review of the conditions in the Big Easy, here’s are a couple of posts from DL/Oakland’s past:
- Katrina Remembered — one year later
- Video Timeline of Katrina Response Lies
- Read yer insurance policy lately?…
Why is this sort of thing still happening? Consider my recent post on the economy.
Following is a sobering excerpt from today’s article:
New Orleans turns to international aidThe cash-strapped city of New Orleans is turning to foreign countries for help to rebuild as federal hurricane-recovery dollars remain slow to flow.
Kenya Smith, director of intergovernmental relations for Mayor Ray Nagin, said city leaders are talking with more than five countries. He wouldn’t identify the countries, saying discussions were in the early stages. But he said the city is “very serious” about pursuing foreign help.
“Of course, we would love to have all the resources we need from federal and state partners, but we’re comfortable now in having to be creative,” Smith said. He did not know if the city would have to overcome any obstacles if it got firm pledges for aid, but “we want to make sure we’re leaving no options unexplored.”
For months Nagin has complained bureaucracy is choking the flow of much-needed federal aid dollars to New Orleans – slowing the city’s recovery. As of June 8, the city said it had received just over half of the $320 million FEMA has obligated for rebuilding city infrastructure and emergency response-related costs. The city has estimated its damage at far more than that – at least $1 billion. And that doesn’t include other improvements – such as raised neighborhoods – meant to help build the stronger city promoted by Nagin and his recovery director.