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09-17-2013 04:06 AM  5 years agoPost 1
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"An interesting article about a questionable reaction by FEMA in response to the flooding in Colorado. It seems a small firm was working free of charge with County officials to use drones to map the area and provide near-real-time maps of the flood damage. When FEMA took control of operations one of their first acts appears to have been to not only ground the drones, but threaten the operators. 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help you?'"

The drone model in question has permits from the FAA to be flown around even. The drones were replaced with manned craft that, due to the terrain, were unable to fly low enough to make useful maps.

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09-17-2013 04:25 AM  5 years agoPost 2
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The FEMA guy probably knows the guy that is running the manned aircraft for the flood...FEMA guy has money to spend and he want to make sure his buddy gets a cut...only a guess...

Are we sure that the FEMA team did not review the video/pics from the drones to determine their usefulness? If they did and it was not what they wanted and felt they could do better the grounded the drones so they wouldn't be in the way of the manned aircraft....

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09-17-2013 09:49 PM  5 years agoPost 3
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Stupid Humans Drones Rule!!! And to help save lives and survey damage.. Got to love American Gov't.

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