NEW ORLEANS, LA - More than 3 years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, a FEMA unit pulled into the city's lower 9th Ward this Friday. They apologized for showing up so late, citing the weather and bad holiday traffic as contributing factors.
One of the most economically depressed parts of the "Chocolate City," as well as one of the hardest hit, the 9th Ward has only recently begun to rebuild. Hungry, thirsty construction workers happily welcomed the arrival of FEMA, as their supplies included several thousand gallons of bottled water and hundreds of pounds of ready-to-eat meals. One worker said the meals would be "a welcome change" from the usual fare offered by the numerous disguised taco trucks that sneak in and out of the area, risking citations.
Pots, pans and other dry goods will be distributed to the handful of residents who have begun to repopulate the community. FEMA will itself be using the blankets and linens, however, as they managed to misplace their directions home while helping to distribute supplies and may be stuck in the city for a few nights while they plan their next move.
New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin bluntly criticized FEMA for their late arrival, noting that it typifies delays hindering recovery of the storm-ravaged city to this very day. He disgustedly advised members of the belated unit to "get off [their] asses" and go help locate other delayed FEMA units that still have yet to show up.