Sheriff Stephens, interviewed on the Cajun Queen, also said federal assistance had been minimal. "I have Royal Canadian Mounties who have gotten here faster than the federal government,"
from NY times
Apparently it's easier for a municipality on the Pacific coast of Canada to organize and begin rescues on the ground in Louisiana than it is for 'Brownie' or Crypt-Keeper (striking resemblance, don't you think?) Chertoff to organize the forces of the most powerful nation on the planet to help people in St. Bernard's parrish.
Just another striking example of the incompetance of FEMA & Homeland 'Surveillance' Departments.
A Louisiana state senator has praised a Canadian search and rescue team. Senator Walter Boasso said a Vancouver-based team reached St. Bernard parish five days before the U.S. army got there.
"Fabulous, fabulous guys," Boasso said. "They started rolling with us and got in boats to save people ... We've got Canadian flags flying everywhere."
from the CBC (still locking out it's employees)
Vancouver's Urban Search and Rescue Team arrived home safely on Tuesday, September 6, 2005 from Louisiana after assisting in the search and rescue efforts in the areas of the state ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. The team was deployed on August 31 and worked with Louisiana State Troopers and the U.S. National Guard.
Vancouver Urban Search and Rescue