Iraq war hampers Kansas tornado recovery

From AP, May 6:

GREENSBURG, Kan.— 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 PM.

Does this sound familiar?

And by the way, we can expect lots more of this sort of thing thanks to global climate destabilization.

See our last post on Iraq.