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Obama Fails To Lower Water Levels In NE

From a fallen sky Associated Press:


Easterners scatter, sewers fail as the waters rise

By Eric Tucker, Associated Press Writer

March 31, 2010

CRANSTON, R.I. – Flooding on a scale rarely seen in New England forced hundreds of residents from their homes Wednesday, overwhelmed sewage systems and isolated communities as it washed out bridges and rippled across thoroughfares from Maine to Connecticut.

As three days of record-breaking rains tapered to a drizzle, forecasters warned the worst of widespread flooding was still ahead as rivers and streams had yet to crest — for the second time in a month.

In Rhode Island, which bore the brunt of the storm, residents were experiencing the worst flooding in more than 100 years. Stretches of Interstate 95, the main route linking Boston to New York, were closed and could remain so for days. Amtrak suspended trains through the area because of water on the tracks.

Every resident of Rhode Island, a state of about 1 million, was asked to conserve water and electricity because of flooded sewage systems and electrical substations. Rising waters either stranded hundreds of people or sent them to shelters. Many of those who stayed behind appeared shell-shocked, still recovering from floods two weeks ago caused by as much as 10 inches of rain.

Monica Bourgeois, 45, cried Wednesday morning as she stood outside her home in Cranston, where a sewer pump station gave out and hundreds of residents had evacuated by early Wednesday. The Pawtuxet River had turned her lawn into a lake and flooded her basement with six feet of still-rising water…

"I have absolutely no idea how we’re going to pay for this. I’m extremely, extremely worried. Do you know how much a new furnace costs? We’re just praying to God for some help."

The flooding caps a month that set rainfall records across the region. Boston measured nearly 14 inches for March, breaking the previous record for the month, set in 1953. New Jersey, New York City and Portland, Maine, surpassed similar records. Providence registered its rainiest month on record, period, with a total of more than 15 inches of rain in March.

"None of us alive have seen the flooding that we are experiencing now or going to experience," Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri said. "This is unprecedented in our state’s history."

President Barack Obama issued an emergency declaration late Tuesday for Rhode Island, ordering federal aid for disaster relief and authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate relief efforts.

But the havoc was spread throughout the region, as National Guard troops went into action in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. A pond dam in Porter, Maine, let loose Tuesday morning, sending a torrent of water down country roads but injuring no one. Water covered roads in New Hampshire[!]…

Non-essential state workers in Rhode Island were given the day off, and state officials asked schools and private businesses to consider closing, as well. Officials in Warwick, where a water and sewage treatment plant failed, asked residents not to launder clothes or flush toilets. The state also asked people to stay off highways and local roads…

Demetri Skalkos, co-owner of McNamara’s liquor store, said about three feet of water stood in the basement. He said he was worried about losing business over the traditionally busy Easter period.

"This is the Holy Week," he said. "… If we don’t do business now, when are we going to do business?"

Is nothing sacred? How can you have Holy Week without spirits?

Still, there is no doubt that all of this ‘unprecedented’ flooding is due to climate change. There has never been such flooding before in the Northeast. Not in all of recorded history.

By the way, the clip at the top is from last August.

A Google search for ‘Cranston AND flooding’ returns 90,100 hits.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Obama Fails To Lower Water Levels In NE”

  1. proreason says:

    Oceans.

    He said the oceans would recede…..not the rivers.

    So I count that one as a promise fulfilled, or at least, as a related promise not made that was not fulfilled.

    It’s a promise saved or created.

  2. AcornsRNutz says:

    Umm, these people’s basements are full of water, but not very many second story bedrooms are. It’s rough up here, but I live in a very large valley in Western MA, and so far I have heard of no plans to start building arks. The reason this is noteworthy is that it doesn’t happen here all that much, just every couple of years.

  3. canary says:

    Obama failed to evacuate citizens from Rhode Island flooding.

  4. JohnMG says:

    Where to begin? Let me just go back into this story for some quotes;

    ……”I have absolutely no idea how we’re going to pay for this. I’m extremely, extremely worried. Do you know how much a new furnace costs? We’re just praying to God for some help.”

    “We’re just praying to God for some help”. That God you’re praying to wouldn’t be the tag-team of Obama / FEMA now would it? And don’t worry about a new furnace. When “the Moron” gets done with cap-and-trade you won’t be able to afford to run it anyway.

    …..”Stretches of Interstate 95, the main route linking Boston to New York, were closed….”

    And you say that like it was a BAD thing.

    …..”Boston measured nearly 14 inches for March…..”

    In the town where I live, 45 miles west of St. Louis, in 2001 we got 14 inches of rain OVERNIGHT. No FEMA—–we took care of our own.

    …..”None of us alive have seen the flooding that we are experiencing now or going to experience,”……

    Well gosh, Spanky, that’s why they are called 100-year floods!

    …..”President Barack Obama issued an emergency declaration late Tuesday for Rhode Island…..”

    Never let a good crisis go to waste when you can be the hero with other peoples’ money, right Buckwheat?

    …..”This is the Holy Week,” he said. “… If we don’t do business now, when are we going to do business?”…..

    Sorry…..words fail me. Maybe this guy should try praying, too.

    I’m surprised Obama doesn’t tell them to walk on water…..just like he does. Besides, he can’t be bothered…..he’s busy drilling off-shore this week.

  5. jobeth says:

    Hey….During the floods of Katrina…Bush was not there doing the job of the Mayor and Governor.

    For Shame President Bush…..You should have known it was your responsibility to barge in on day one with out being invited and take over the rescue.

    Ok…Mr O’Balmy…where’ is ya?’ Get ‘yerself’ in there and do your duty.

    Oh? You haven’t been asked quite yet…Doesn’t matter. If it was good enough for Bush to be criticized over it should be the same for you as well.

    Of course I believe in helping yourself. But that doesn’t seem to be the progressive way.

  6. eaglewingz08 says:

    Obama was too busy starring in his Passion Week events to care about some crackers getting flooded in the Northeast. (/reverse liberal headlining).
    If Katrina was Bush’s fault then Haiti and Rhode Island are Obama’s fault.

    • jobeth says:

      If it had been in a black or predominately black area….It would have been Katrina North.
      Front page story for weeks. Photos of “poor” (aka too lazy to help themselves) would have hit the newspapers and videos on ever MSM news program.

      Wasn’t though so the story won’t be big news. Obalmy declares it a disaster area and throws a few million at it. “There (while dusting his hands off), job done…. they’ll get over it.”

  7. AcornsRNutz says:

    “In the town where I live, 45 miles west of St. Louis, in 2001 we got 14 inches of rain OVERNIGHT. No FEMA—–we took care of our own”
    While I see your point, this is a mass/RI thing, not a NE thing, fro the record. During the huge ice storm in 98 we took care of our own as well. We did have some assistance from the NG, but there was no looting/rioting, massive fires, shootings or any other such thing. Of course that was in ME, where we would easily be as Red a state as NH if it weren’t for MA transplants cliding north and screwing everything up.

    “If Katrina was Bush’s fault then Haiti and Rhode Island are Obama’s fault.”

    Nope, they were the result of failedbushpolicies, and obama just hasn’t had enough time to find the halliburton hurricane maker. Napalitano and Gibbs are on the job though.

  8. Reality Bytes says:

    I wonder, did Moses have a fade away jump shot too? That may have been his problem.

  9. U NO HOO says:

    When it rains stuff gets wet.


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