Monday, July 23, 2007

Where's FEMA?

You know, there's a lot of flooding going on -- where the heck is FEMA?

Amid concerns that the government-run Environment Agency acted far too slowly in responding to serious flood alerts from the Met Office, parts of the West Country woke up this morning to another day under water and the Thames Valley now faces being inundated.

An estimated 90,000 gallons of water a second was surging down the swollen River Thames last night towards Oxford, Reading and Windsor.

There will be fresh calls for more funding to cope with flood defences. The Times has also learnt that, despite the promise of an extra £200 million to the Environment Agency to update defences over the next three years, the Government is stalling over payment of the cash. Baroness Young of Old Scone, the agency’s chief executive, said that about £1 billion a year was needed to improve flood defences, because climate change would lead to increased rainfall.
After all, FEMA has about as much right to go into the UK uninvited as they do to go into Louisiana.

I wonder if there will be a chilling revelation as to how the government purposefully denied funds and assistance because "Bush doesn't care about black people"?