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The destruction together with aftermath of Harvey along the Texas coast could live a lesson inwards what non to do. For sure, at that topographic point are those who claim the cities together with acre did non produce plenty to protect the citizens against a 600 twelvemonth flood. Others tell the hurricane was caused past times global warming.

There is ever someone else to blame.

Travel dorsum to 1871 when Chicago was essentially destroyed past times a fire that claimed a 3rd of the metropolis together with 200 lives.
 The dismiss burned for nearly 24 hours, cutting a path 4 miles long together with three-quarters of a mile broad through what is today the Loop together with the expanse surrounding the Magnificent Mile. Nearly everything inwards its path was consumed. Wrote an observer every bit the flames were finally extinguished past times long- overdue rain, “The dismiss hither lastly nighttime together with to-day has destroyed most all that was real valuable inwards this city. There is non a describe of piece of work concern house, bank, or hotel left. Most of the best usage of the metropolis is gone.” -

Amid all the loss people looked for someone to blame together with that blame roughshod on an Irish Gaelic immigrant, Catherine O'Leary together with her cow.

Perhaps much also belatedly both Mrs' O'Leary together with her moo-cow guide hold been exonerated but at that topographic point is all the same a lesson to live learned.

Chicago recovered inwards less than 3 years. More importantly it was done without federal funds together with most no local authorities money.

How did that happen?

The role of the authorities at nowadays next the dismiss was largely express to keeping order. Martial law was non officially declared, but it was imposed de facto, enforced past times solid seat down forces troops, the police, together with particularly enlisted volunteers. Mayor Roswell B. Mason also issued executive orders that established the cost of bread, banned smoking, express saloon hours, together with prohibited carriage drivers from charging to a greater extent than than their commons rate. Mason appointed Lieutenant-General Philip Sheridan, the Civil War hero, to ascendence the Division of the Missouri inwards patrolling the streets, guarding relief supplies, together with enforcing curfews. Four companies of infantry were also stationed simply exterior the metropolis for several months. But after solely 2 weeks, Mason discharged Sheridan’s troops on the grounds that they were no longer needed.

FEMA did non be until created past times President Carter. Federal agencies render funds together with depression involvement loans that essentially accept the house of individual insurance together with charity. The federal authorities also provides temporary housing (FEMA trailers), food, medical and pre-loaded debit cards to encompass incidentals.

Is this actually what nosotros want?

Is authorities dependence really what nosotros need?

Has large authorities (which never seems to acquire smaller inwards spite of promises to produce so) cash inwards one's chips a saccharide daddy willing to bail out citizens who produce non accept personal responsibility?

No doubtfulness it volition accept years together with millions of dollars to rebuild the Texas coast. Private insurance, personal savings together with charity volition encompass a lot of the costs but no doubtfulness the lion's part volition autumn on the taxpayers.

The lessons from the Chicago dismiss guide hold been forgotten. Instead of a handout the citizens were given a manus up. Assistance inwards the shape of jobs to help them acquire dorsum on their feet. How far nosotros guide hold come upwards inwards 146 years together with guide hold nosotros moved inwards the correct direction or not?

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