The government will protect you, now here's some koolaid
Has nothing to do with government and everything to do with poor choices by the people in that area.
1. They chose to rely on federal subsidies for essential services apparently just assuming that that money would keep flowing forever.
2. From articles I've read they've had 2-3 chances to vote for tax increases so that emergency services wouldn't be cut and they've turned them down every time.
Not to sound like an ass but they really have no one to blame but themselves.