FEMA no-show angers local, state officials

A specially called Nueces County Commissioner's Court meeting turned into an attack on FEMA Tuesday, with many officials who showed up angry with what they say is a lack of action from the federal agency.

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - A specially called Nueces County Commissioner's Court meeting turned into an attack on FEMA Tuesday, with many officials who showed up angry with what they say is a lack of action from the federal agency.

There have been many meetings with updates on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts since the storm hit, but Tuesday's meeting was different.

People were mad -- perhaps because FEMA officials were invited to the meeting to discuss housing needs for Harvey survivors but they did not show up.

"This cannot turn into another Katrina," State Rep. J.M. Lozano said.

"It's a sad situation when your own government doesn't help you when you need it," Port Aransas Mayor Charles Bujan said.

"We've got people living in tents," State Rep. Todd Hunter said. "That's terrible. That's not the Texas way."

Those were just some of the comments from local and State officials at the meeting.

"It's a complete, colossal mess as far as FEMA is concerned," Bujan said. "They have done little to help the majority of people who need help."

Local and State officials are left looking for answers as to why the federal government only has 18 families qualified for FEMA trailers, for a storm that happened nearly four months ago.

"If there is anybody out there listening that believes only 18 people are qualified after that storm and thinks that's not a colossal screw up by FEMA, I don't even know how to address that," Nueces County Commissioner Brent Chesney said. "18 people. I mean, that's absurd."

Only one family has actually moved into a FEMA trailer according to the Texas General Land Office, who is trying to work with FEMA in getting people into homes. On top of that, State Rep. Hunter is worried that relief dollars are going to stay in Washington D.C.

"It looks like, to me, the federal funds are not coming here," Hunter said.

Out of 4,500 homes in Port Aransas, up to 80-percent suffered some kind of damage, and 50-percent of the families still are not able to move back home -- families that are hoping federal officials will take notice and take action.

Officials said they are going to do what they can to try and prod Washington D.C. into action and they're asking everyone to start writing to their members of Congress and asking that they send those much-needed disaster relief dollars.

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