USA: Iraq war hampers Kansas tornado cleanup

Tornado damage in Greensburg, Kansas

Associated Press reports:

The National Weather Service classified it [the tornado in Kansas] an F-5, the highest category and the first since the weather service revised its scale this year in an effort to more comprehensively gauge tornadoesdamage potential, with less emphasis on wind speed.

The last tornado classified as an F-5 hit the Oklahoma City area on May 3, 1999, killing 36 people.

In Kansas, the governor said the state’s response was limited by the shifting of emergency equipment, such as tents, trucks and semitrailers, to the war in Iraq.

See also here.

And here.

And here.

Update from Think Progress here.

Soldiers, police looting in Kansas tornado area.

Storm in New Jersey: here.

Fallujah and Greensburg: here.

1 thought on “USA: Iraq war hampers Kansas tornado cleanup

  1. Tornado Cleanup Equipment In IRAQ…

    Posted by: “G. Myrick”

    Mon May 7, 2007 8:41 am (PST)

    Another example of how Bush’s phony Iraq war is “making us safer at home”



    GREENSBURG, Kan. (AP) — The rebuilding effort in tornado-ravaged Greensburg, Kansas, likely will be hampered because some much-needed equipment is in Iraq, said that state’s governor.

    Governor Kathleen Sebelius said much of the National Guard equipment usually positioned around the state to respond to emergencies is gone. She said not having immediate access to things like tents, trucks and semitrailers will really handicap the rebuilding effort.

    The Greensburg administrator estimated that 95 percent of the town of 1500 was destroyed by Friday’s tornado.

    The Kansas National Guard has about 40 percent of the equipment it is allotted because much of it has been sent to Iraq.

    Greensburg residents will be allowed to return Monday morning to recover what they can. They will be bused in and must leave by 6 p-m.




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