Before we begin our report, we wanted to acknowledge the people who came to our aid during this most trying time -- a time when we didn't have any idea what our future would be. Yet, the people trained to protect our nation, the people whose job it is to quickly bring in aid were absent. Emergency Communities is a non-profit organization that employs compassion and creativity to provide community-based disaster relief. We offered to bring these people back to Lafayette, in our own vehicles, in order to ensure that they received proper and prompt medical care. Much more ahead from New Orleans, including how many of the essentials to bringing this great city back to life like electricity, doctors and schools are still missing. Our local bowling alley still has not opened, so after a year of being off, David has joined a league in Harahan, a community in East Jefferson again on the eastbank of the River.
Due to the growth of the surrounding suburbs, New Orleans proper lost over , over the past 30 years -- standing at about , at the time of Katrina. Chuck Hagel news, bio, voting record , R-Neb. But days later, when help finally arrived, she was told the dog could not come with them. The flood turned the Big Easy into a disaster zone, planting the image of a Third World backwater. No people -- we have apparently not learned our lesson.
The shortfalls have come in the crucial early days of the response to the catastrophe along the Gulf Coast. This program has encountered every imaginable difficulty. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers and if you have the opportunity to contribute, there are a number of agencies who have been truly God-sent. As the National Guard delivered food to the New Orleans convention center yesterday, American Red Cross officials said that federal emergency management authorities would not allow them to do the same. The proposition that FEMA trailer camps be situated in city parks was also loudly denounced by all of the members of the New Orleans City Council, and it was blocked. What a big difference from the arrogance with which they went to invade Iraq. And that helps the brand.
Bernard Parish, the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet needs to not only be closed but filled back in so that communities like Shell Beach are back on land and not a quarter of a mile out in Lake Borgne like they are now. And instead of floats there are frocks, very expensive designer frocks. The westbank of Jefferson Parish was not affected by the break in the levees, since the levees were those that surround Lake Pontchartrain. The trains that currently transport goods to the Midwest states will be rerouted to Baton Rouge and the Port of South Louisiana. No expense should have been spared. Sharon Jaspers, a public housing resident declared that "We are standing here for what we believe in. The best path this levee should follow requires on-site research; however by inspection of various maps including GIS and Google Earth our best proposal was that it be constructed on the North side of Interstate