DC - $100m of ice never delivered to hurricane victims

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  1. Newswolf

    Newswolf New Member

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    this is from nytimes.com, a registration site, but here's the gist of the story:

    October 2, 2005
    Stumbling Storm-Aid Effort Put Tons of Ice on Trips to Nowhere
    By SCOTT SHANE and ERIC LIPTON
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 - When the definitive story of the confrontation between Hurricane Katrina and the United States government is finally told, one long and tragicomic chapter will have to be reserved for the odyssey of the ice.

    Ninety-one thousand tons of ice cubes, that is, intended to cool food, medicine and sweltering victims of the storm. It would cost taxpayers more than $100 million, and most of it would never be delivered.

    The somewhat befuddled heroes of the tale will be truckers like Mark Kostinec, who was dropping a load of beef in Canton, Ohio, on Sept. 2 when his dispatcher called with an urgent government job: Pick up 20 tons of ice in Greenville, Pa., and take it to Carthage, Mo., a staging area for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    Mr. Kostinec, 40, a driver for Universe Truck Lines of Omaha, was happy to help with the crisis. But at Carthage, instead of unloading, he was told to take his 2,000 bags of ice on to Montgomery, Ala.

    After a day and a half in Montgomery, he was sent to Camp Shelby, in Mississippi. From there, on Sept. 8, he was waved onward to Selma, Ala. And after two days in Selma he was redirected to Emporia, Va., along with scores of other frustrated drivers who had been following similarly circuitous routes.

    At Emporia, Mr. Kostinec sat for an entire week, his trailer burning fuel around the clock to keep the ice frozen, as FEMA officials studied whether supplies originally purchased for Hurricane Katrina might be used for Hurricane Ophelia. But in the end only 3 of about 150 ice trucks were sent to North Carolina, he said. So on Sept. 17, Mr. Kostinec headed to Fremont, Neb., where he unloaded his ice into a government-rented storage freezer the next day.

    "I dragged that ice around for 4,100 miles, and it never got used," Mr. Kostinec said. A former mortgage broker and Enron computer technician, he had learned to roll with the punches, and he was pleased to earn $4,500 for the trip, double his usual paycheck. He was perplexed, however, by the government's apparent bungling.

    "They didn't seem to know how much ice they were buying and how much they were using," he said. "All the truckers said the money was good. But we were upset about not being able to help."
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    I am so upset about this kind of idiocy that I need to censor myself. :hand:
     
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  3. Casshew

    Casshew Former Member

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    That is just obscene :silenced:

    What a horrible, disgusting waste of money, time & resources and all while people suffer and wait :furious:




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  4. concernedperson

    concernedperson Former Member

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    These are the stories I hear when I go to local sites.The stories that are not being broadcasts around. Most of these people are hurting so bad it isn't even imaginable.I haven't posted some of these articles as it looked like most were not interested. It is awful. It is terrible. It is human misery at its worst. And I don't care if you think cajuns aren't worth it.
     

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