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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-10 01:55 PM
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Weak sea walls blamed for France storm disaster
Source: Guardian

Blame is being laid on weak and aged sea defences after violent storms left at least 50 dead and thousands homeless along France's Atlantic coast.

Many died after the sea wall off the coastal town of L'Aiguillon-sur-Mer was breached, allowing 8m-high (26ft) waves to crash through the streets.

A local governor said the walls dated back to the time of Napoleon and needed to be replaced with taller barriers.

President Nicolas Sarkozy has pledged 3m euros (2.6m) in emergency aid.
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Read more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8544002.stm
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cowman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-10 02:18 PM
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1. Boy,
this sounds familiar
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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-10 02:51 PM
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2. French Katrina
I read stories over the weekend about "hundreds" being plucked from roof tops and in attics while water rose to the roofs.
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Zoeisright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-10 02:55 PM
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3. That's the repuke way.
Ignore infrastructure, then when a tragedy occurs because the infrastructure was neglected and fails, spend many times more money finally fixing it and deny responsibility. And people die, but that's not important to them.

Witness that fucking tool Pawlenty after the 35W bridge collapse.
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WriteDown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-10 04:10 PM
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6. Was Napolean really a repuke though?
:shrug:
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northofdenali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-10 04:05 PM
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4. But....but....global warming is a FICTION made up of JUNK SCIENCE
by the libruls!!! :sarcasm:

Storm path:



Good luck to all in its wake.

?

Pic from La-Faute-sur-Mer (this was no small storm surge!) other very good ones on Yahoo at:

http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/France-pummelled-violent-...
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scottsoperson Donating Member (224 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-10 04:07 PM
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5. only 5% of climate scientists
disagree with al gore.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-10 04:39 PM
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7. Are they rounding up citizens, starving them, and shooting at them?
If not, it's nothing like Katrina.
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Rapier09 Donating Member (209 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-10 05:07 PM
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8. Not that surprised

A la Vendee, shame these people can't ever bother to get their act together.
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