Pres. Trump tells reporters on Tuesday the government is "totally prepared" for Hurricane Florence.


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Trump Sends Bottled Water Company That Failed in Katrina to Help North Carolina

In 2005, the Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded an $81 million contract that included providing bottled water for areas hit by Hurricane Katrina.

The winning company, Composite Analysis Group, does business as Lipsey Mountain Spring Water. Lipsey Mountain missed nine of its 14 deadlines, botched its paperwork, and got more than $880,000 in unsupported federal payments, government investigators later found.

The company continued to get smaller contracts under the Obama Administration, but on Sept. 5, 2017, Lipsey Mountain won a $143 million FEMA contract to supply bottled water. As Bloomberg reported the following month, Lipsey Mountain has won at least $215 million in FEMA contracts since Hurricane Harvey hit last year.


Now, it's North Carolina's turn. Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall in North Carolina on Friday. Federal documents show that on Monday, Lipsey Mountain began work on a $948,093 contract to supply bottled water in North Carolina through Oct. 10. The work appears to be a subcontract of last year's award, and will be executed primarily at Fort Bragg.

On Tuesday, Pres. Trump said the government is "totally prepared" for Florence.

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