Rely On God Because You Can't Rely On FEMA
Did we ever have to hear of these problems during the Grand Forks flooding?
FEMA abruptly closed down a site housing Hurricane Katrina victims Sunday because of health and safety concerns, and its weary residents said they were being left in the lurch once again since losing everything in the storm.
A 48-hour deadline to leave fell on Sunday night, and FEMA scrambled to find new places for the 58 households.
Although many residents said they would have been happy to keep on living there, the Federal Emergency Management Agency determined it was too risky because of ongoing problems with raw sewage and periodic power outages.
"They know how to put me out, but they don't know how to help me out. That's how I look at it," Allsee Tobias said about FEMA. He lost his home in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans to post-Katrina flooding. "Pack and pray. That's what they told us."
. . .Residents said they questioned the genuineness of the sudden concern for their health because the stink of sewage has been a nuisance for about a year.
"It's very unhealthy. The question is why did it take a year?" said Ron Harrell.
He lived next to the site's sewage treatment system with his family, and the stink of sewage filled the air as he spoke. He said his two sons have repeatedly complained of health problems, which could be related to the sewage.
Pray and pack.