Canadians Arrived In New Orleans Five Days Before The U.S. Military
Louisiana state senator Walter Boasso is praising the rapid response of rescuers who arrived in New Orleans to assist in saving trapped residents as the waters from the corrupted levees began to rise the day after Katrina. The surprising aspect of the senator's praise was the fact that he wasn't referring to the United States military or FEMA. He was praising the Canadians.
The forty-six member Vancouver-based Urban Search and Rescue Team arrived in the St. Bernard Parish which lies east of New Orleans a full 5 days before American rescue units, and the volunteers worked 18-hour days rescuing 119 people in total.
... A St. Bernard official offered sincere gratitude and told the team that the Canadian rescuers were their first sign of relief.
St. Bernard Parish was home to 68,000 people but was virtually forgotten by U.S. officials who were concentrating their search and rescue efforts on New Orleans which is only a few kilometers away....
For the seriously geography-challenged: Vancouver is on the west coast of Canada, up near Seattle.
Distance between Washington, D.C., and New Orleans: 955 miles.
Distance between Crawford, Texas, and New Orleans: 458 miles.
Distance between Vancouver and New Orleans: 2179 miles.