Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 51188
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2018/11/21 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2008/9/16-19 [Politics/Domestic/President/Bush] UID:51188 Activity:nil
9/16    "In Ike's wake, holdouts complicate rescues"
        I thought some officials has said that whoever refused to evacuate
        before the storm hit wouldn't be rescued afterwards.  Why are we
        spending the time and resources to rescue them now?
        \_ I took them to have meant that no one would be rescued during
           the hurricane, a promise which was pretty much kept.  It'd
           be unconscionable not to help people now.
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Christian Science Monitor In Ike's wake, holdouts complicate rescues By Patrik Jonsson Mon Sep 15, 4:00 AM ET HACKBERRY, La. of Wildlife airboats and "Cajun special" flat-bottomed boats - pressed toward this small cattle town, fighting precarious winds, rough chop, and a snake-infested flood to reach hundreds of holdout farmers and roughnecks, many with no intention of getting rescued. WnmfDxJJQCOe8UF/Y=YAHOO/EXP=122159975 1/L=qCkxa0WTVvr83xETQI4VvwMBRTfow0jQBecAAacb/B=MNQFGNj8els-/J=12215925 51122497/A=5406486/R=0/* "About 300 stayed in Hackberry," says irritated Robert Swire, Cameron Parish sheriff's deputy, who is manning a checkpoint where Highway 27 disappeared under water some 20 miles from the Gulf. Hurricane Ike devastated much of Galveston, popped windows out of Houston high-rises, and left as many as 5 million people without power on its way to becoming what President Bush called "a major disaster." But as the storm slowly crawled northward, rescue and relief crews faced a formidable task: Surveying more than 2,000 square miles of newly created sea in lower Louisiana and along the Sabine Pass on the Texas border, dotted with dozens of small towns, hamlets, and settlements. While some 23 million people in Texas and Louisiana evacuated, more than 100,000 are estimated to have refused voluntary and mandatory evacuation orders along Ike's 200-mile surge zone. Thankfully, there were few injury and fatality reports as the federal government led a massive rescue and relief effort that included Coast Guard reconnaissance helicopters, dozens of airboats, and massive National Guard assets ranging from inflatable Zodiac boats to Humvees, as well as thousands of troops. By Sunday, the Category 2 hurricane had been downgraded to a tropical depression. Still, some 25 million people in the two states were left without electrical power, officials said, and it could be weeks before some regain power. Despite storm preparations, many independent-minded residents in Louisiana's low-lying cattle, oil, and shrimp country refused to abandon their homes, even as the massive floodwaters surged into the upper bayous. While Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff chided residents for staying, the truth on the ground was ambiguous. Despite stern warnings, many people were simply surprised by the massive surge. "This was much worse than Rita, water wise," said Ken Wagner of the 256 Infantry Combat Brigade of the Louisiana National Guard. Setting out into a dangerous chop in a small flatboat, wildlife agent Robbie Mayo acknowledged the risks his crews faced as they motored into open water toward Hackberry. The danger of capsizing was significant, especially as hurricane-force winds still lashed what were once open fields. 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Forging flooded highways toward Hackberry, ready to take on dozens of residents, they encountered confused cows, soaked rats, and hundreds of homes and trailers completely flooded in what had become a macabre sight: The view of the Gulf's salty waves encroaching nearly 20 miles onto what was once dry land. "Water, water everywhere," muttered former Marine Corps officer Sgt. The convoy motored nearly 10 miles into the flooded areas, ending up at a "lily pad" staging point - an abandoned refinery - just outside of Hackberry. But the carrier remained empty as boat operators reported that most residents stuck in the flood were staying. "These are the most self-sufficient people in the country," said Sergeant. "It's frustrating sometimes, but I understand where they're coming from," he said. Agent Mayo encountered dozens of people who refused rescue. Generators were running, and many residents were watching TVs on the top floors, even attics, of their homes. "They told me, 'Come back tomorrow and I might be ready to go,'" says Mayo. "I told them we might not be back, but they were undeterred." Agents pulled out about 75 people from the Hackberry area, including an elderly couple who had tried to flee in a small boat but had become entangled by the wind in a tree. Clutching two bags and a small mutt, the couple said they'd lost all their chickens and cattle. Still, many cows remained standing neck deep in water, they said. One resident had waded through the waters to release two chained dogs that had been left behind. Some who had fled began to realize the extent of the damage. Hackberry resident Darren East, his shirt soaked, came in on a rescue boat as a pale sun sank across the flooded prairie. "We sat around watching TV and listening to the news, and then we saw the water getting higher and higher," he said. Seventy-five people remained in Hackberry overnight, joining thousands of others determined to ride out the floods that clung to the Texas-Louisiana border. Attempts to get them out resumed Sunday morning, as rescuers across the region went back to work. Rescue boats are seen in Bridge City, Texas after Hurricane Ike, Sunday, Sept. Ike was the first major storm to directly hit a major US metro area since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005. ckj6Oe8UF/Y=YAHOO/EXP=1221599751/L=qCkxa0WTVvr83 xETQI4VvwMBRTfow0jQBecAAacb/B=NdQFGNj8els-/J=1221592551122497/A=540681 0/R=0/* Add headlines to your personalized My Yahoo!