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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Virginia Relief Convoy Turned Back by Lousiana

The Richmond Times is reporting:

A convoy sponsored by a Loudoun sheriff has been ordered back when it reached Harrisonburg, several hours from it starting point.

Sheriff Simpson, six emergency medical technicians, and 22 volunteer deputies were informed to stop by Lousiana State Police. "I had no dreaming idea I'd be told, 'Don't come,"' said Simpson. Simpson almost continued without authorization.

The convoy was loaded with supplies for the victims in Jefferson Parish, near New Orleans. Apparently, they were turned back over concerns for their safety. Lousiana State Police were reported to say they didn't want any help and would be turned back if they came.

To read more go to the Richmond Times Dispatch.


At 3:06 AM, Blogger deadsherpa said...

That is rediculous. Those poor folks are still there tonight. What is the military doing? Are they starving them to death? This is America and people need to know this is going on. Everyone keeps turning their heads. It is a disgrace. The US treats families in Bagdad better than they treat families in New Orleans. I wrote more on my blog if your interested.

At 9:17 AM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

I have to agree, it is a terrible story! Playing Devil's Advocate, is there anyone left in Jefferson Parrish at this point to take relief too?

I think this points to a need for federal take over of the situation. It is too big for a state to handle and you really need one person in charge, where here it seems like there are too many cooks and they are spoiling the broth.

At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sherpa, I don't think people are turning their heads. The situation is unorganized and that will have to be fixed, but pointing fingers isn't helping the matter right now. We had months to prep for Bagdad, days for the huricane. You can't make resources appear out of thin air. Mother Nature humbled the most powerful nation on Earth.

At 9:26 AM, Blogger B O B said...

Thank you for your comments. When I first posted this story, I had many thoughts on this matter. Some that come to mind, are the different ways people react to tragedy. When I lived in South Korea, there were at times when I saw people die. One thing I noticed that I did not understand that people were laughing. Now older, I understand that this was a nervous reaction from people who just didn't know what to do.

There are no real experts in handling the Katrina disaster, and there is going to be mistakes, frustration, and sadly deaths.

Trucks sent from all over the United States will be converging on the New Orleans area, and there will be bottle necks of what supplies arrive and distribution. There is no easy answers of why things take time, and time lost results in futher deaths.

But we should never lose sight of the efforts that each individual working on relief,is making beyond the point of exhaustion. This is one thing that makes America great. Embedded in most Americans, is the importance of helping their fellow man.


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