A devastating tornado almost wiped Greensburg, Kansas off the map this weekend. The town's entire main street was destroyed, and 8 residents have been confirmed dead so far. Emergency response will be slowed, though, because of the National Guard's involvement in Iraq. From the Houston Chronicle:
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Sunday evening that the state's response will likely be hampered because much of the equipment usually positioned around the state to respond to emergencies — including tents, trucks and semitrailers — is now in Iraq.
"Not having the National Guard equipment, which used to be positioned in various parts of the state, to bring in immediately is really going to handicap this effort to rebuild," said Sebelius.