Were Communications Cut? And Why?

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President of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana Aaron Broussard said this on Meet the Press Sunday:

“. . . Yesterday–yesterday–FEMA comes in and cuts all of our emergency communication lines. They cut them without notice. Our sheriff, Harry Lee, goes back in, he reconnects the line. He posts armed guards on our line and says, ‘No one is getting near these lines.'”

I find this extremely troubling. If true, this goes beyond incompetence or lack of leadership. Far beyond. Beyond the pale.

I cannot wrap a clear head around this until a few questions are answered.

  1. Were all of Jefferson Parish’s emergency communication lines cut?
  2. Were all of Jefferson Parish’s emergency communication lines cut by the FEMA? Without notice?
  3. If the answer to #2 is “yes,” then: What on Earth for?
  4. If the answer to #1 or #2 is “no,” what happened to Jefferson Parish’s emergency communication lines?

Any eyewitnesses? Any video, even if it just shows the Sheriff Department guarding the lines? Let me know when there is enough information to become enraged.

MSNBC.com: Transcript for September 4 – Meet the Press

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