Wednesday marks the 100th day since Hurricane Katrina's wicked winds and water tore apart our beautiful coastline. On this ominous anniversary, local and state leaders headed to Washington to tell congress what went right and wrong in the federal response. They also begged for help now, so Mississippi and it's people can move forward.
Gulfport's Mayor, Brent Warr used some WLOX News video clips to "show" Congress what Katrina did to South Mississippi. MEMA'S director Robert Latham told Congress that the unprecedented danger to human life required some rule bending. Robert Latham says, "Sometimes you throw the rule book out and you do what you gotta do." And he said some life saving changes have already been made. Latham, "Communication was a problem, I can tell you what we have done since then, we have now purchased some 300 satellite phones that are part of a communication package will now go forward with my liaisons that will be given to county and city officials on the gulf coast."
Governor Haley Barbour praised Latham for his work, and scolded Congress for their inaction. "Here more than 100 days after Katrina made landfall our people face a problem they can't overcome a problem they can't do anything about to help themselves, today the most important response needed by our people is for congress to act."
Congressman Gene Taylor agreed with the Governor on the slow response of Congress and pointed to their lightning fast response after the 9-11 attacks. "I went and took a look, the first vote to help the New Yorkers was 4 days afterwards by 40 days after, there had been a comprehensive package passed."
Governor Barbour gave those on Capitol Hill a warning, he said he'll continue to hound Congress until Mississippi gets it's fair share. "Where is the money for highways? The answer? It's stalled in congress."