Houses hold up Katrina recovery- Bloggers Respond
Houses hold up Katrina recovery
By Brad Heath, USA TODAY
NEW ORLEANS — An ambitious effort to bulldoze more than 9,000 rotting houses still standing after Hurricane Katrina has slowed sharply this year, prolonging the city's attempts to rebuild blighted neighborhoods, city and federal records show.
The homes — some almost untouched since Katrina struck a year and a half ago — are a lingering icon of the storm's devastation and one of the biggest obstacles to New Orleans' rebirth. More than half of the houses ruined during Katrina haven't been razed, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that the debris from them would fill several times the volume of the Empire State Building.
A comment posted a few days ago says it all:
of these comments disgust me. Some of you folks are just plain
clueless. Except for some who got insurance money, and the majority of
our claims were DENIED, most people got some help from FEMA from
Louisiana but we have received NONE of the "freebie" Federal dollars
yet. You are completely clueless if you think we (the people) have
gotten ANY of the billions that we were supposed to get to rebuild.
Haven't you heard that only 2300 of over 350,000 people have received
some form of Federal grant money thus far. These monies by the way are
LOANS unless all requirements are fulfilled over a 5 year period and
then they may be forgiven. Pay attention. Mississippi had less than 1/2
of the people displaced than Louisiana and they got their money very
quickly. We are still fighting for FEMA to pay for the debris removal
and sewerage removal they are supposed to pay for. The debris
contractors haven't been paid by FEMA in over 11 months.
Inspector...you show your true ignorance. Plenty of us are cleaning up
but we don't have a DUMP to bring the debris to. We don't have phone
service, sewer service as the infrastructure is destroyed, many places
still have no electricity, again, infrastructure destroyed. We're not
lazy, give us the RESOURCES to do it and we'll be happy to.
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