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Posted: 9/7/2005 12:06:31 AM EDT

(CNN) -- Add geography to the growing list of FEMA fumbles.

A South Carolina health official said his colleagues scrambled Tuesday when FEMA gave only a half-hour notice to prepare for the arrival of a plane carrying as many as 180 evacuees to Charleston.

But the plane, instead, landed in Charleston, West Virginia, 400 miles away.

It was not known whether arrangements have been made to care for the evacuees or transport them to the correct destination.

A call seeking comment from FEMA was not immediately returned.

"We called in all the available resources," said Dr. John Simkovich, director of public health for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

"They responded within 30 minutes, which is phenomenal, to meet the needs of the citizens coming in from Louisiana," he said.

Simkovich said that the agency had described some of the evacuees as needing "some minor treatment ... possibly some major treatment."

"Unfortunately, the plane did not come in," Simkovich said. "There was a mistake in the system, coming out through FEMA, that we did not receive the aircraft this afternoon. It went to Charleston, West Virginia."

A line of buses and ambulances idled behind him at Charleston International Airport as he described what happened.

"This is a 'no event' for today," Simkovich said.

Link Posted: 9/7/2005 12:11:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2005 12:12:42 AM EDT by warlord]
I can understand, someone goes send these people to Charleston. One person thought West Virginia and the other thought South Carolina and neither person confirms which state because each thought there is only one Charleston in each of the respective states. Ooops!

There are also two Hollywoods, one in Calif and another in Florida.
Link Posted: 9/7/2005 12:14:09 AM EDT
Texas is the worst about duplicate city names: Paris, Moscow, and many, many more.
Link Posted: 9/7/2005 12:43:29 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/7/2005 12:55:10 AM EDT
Originally Posted By jkstexas2001:
Texas is the worst about duplicate city names: Paris, Moscow, and many, many more.[/quote

Send them all to Paris or Moscow, let the pilots decide which country
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