so since the bush administration has said we don't want to play the blame game (and then promptly went to blame state and local officials about not asking for federal help early enough), i've been digging through records to see just what the feds were doing compared to the locals, bureaucracy-wise.
and there's something weird. bush's declaration of an emergency for louisiana parishes
covers middle and upstate louisiana, but not the coastal parishes. am i just dense and missing something?
here's the list: Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Claiborne, Catahoula, Concordia, De Soto, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Pointe Coupee, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Helena, St. Landry, Tensas, Union, Vernon, Webster, West Carroll, West Feliciana, and Winn.
the very parishes for which the hurricane warnings were in effect
are not among them:
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LAZ038-040-050-056> 070-282100 - ASSUMPTION - LIVINGSTON - LOWER JEFFERSON - LOWER LAFOURCHE - LOWER PLAQUEMINES - LOWER ST. BERNARD - LOWER TERREBONNE - ORLEANS - ST. CHARLES - ST. JAMES - ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST - ST. TAMMANY - TANGIPAHOA - UPPER JEFFERSON - UPPER LAFOURCHE - UPPER PLAQUEMINES - UPPER ST. BERNARD - UPPER TERREBONNEquick map here
at first i thought maybe they were already covered from a previous declaration (louisiana itself declared a state of emergency for tropical storm cindy, which ended on august 4, and one for hurricane dennis, ending o august 7), but can't find anything about that other than a FEMA disaster aid declaration
for cindy from august 23 (wow, that much later; cindy hit july 5).