N.O. residents angry at response to Isaac

Sept. 20, 2012 at 2:04 PM
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NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- New Orleans residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Isaac let fly on city officials they say have been too slow to help.

In the first public meeting with Eastern Plaquemines Parish officials, hundreds of angry residents packed a high school auditorium, raining down boos and shouting invectives at the parish president and a city councilman, the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported.

Of prime concern: a levee system that residents say was never fixed after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and a feeling of abandonment similar to the aftermath of that killer storm that nearly destroyed the city.

The state road that runs to Eastern Plaquemines Parish is still littered with debris and lined with sideways trailers and homes with the roofs and walls caving in from flood damage, the newspaper reported.

Residents also took aim at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, whose red tape has slowed the response.

Patrice Kunzli, 47, said FEMA told him to submit "an itemized list of every single item in my house. It will take me months."

"They took my premium, they should pay me my policy," Kunzli said.

Seeking to quell some of the anger, Councilman Percy Griffin urged calm and patience.

"You got something on your mind, and we will allow you to release that ... But we will get nothing done by hollering and screaming."

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