La. parish looking to former FEMA head

April 12, 2006 at 7:06 PM

NEW ORLEANS, April 12 (UPI) -- A Louisiana parish still in shambles from Hurricane Katrina may hire former Federal Emergency Management Agency head Michael Brown to help clean up.

Brown resigned two weeks after Katrina amid accusations he and other Bush administration officials failed to prepare for the storm and carry out a timely rescue after it hit.

USA Today reports Brown, now an emergency management consultant, will present a plan to the St. Bernard Parish council on how to cut through FEMA bureaucracy.

Complaints are piling in to the council's office, said Vice Chairman Joey DiFatta.

He said many say Brown is to blame for a less than apt effort last fall when Katrina flooded the area.

Water rushed in to the parish, at some points to 13 feet, ruining 26,000 houses.

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