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12/13/05

Katrina Victims Behind Taylor's Criticism Of Feds

You can't miss the Eight Days of Hope. Its volunteers wore bright green shirts while they rebuilt Muriel Hansen's home.

"I say a prayer for them all the time," the Waveland storm victim said. "Thank God that they're here. They're doing a great job."

Mrs. Hansen wasn't nearly as complimentary of Congress. Despite receiving a FEMA trailer six weeks ago, she used the word "terrible" to describe the federal government's hurricane relief assistance.

"I'd tell them you better get down here in Mississippi and help us people, because we need help from them," she said. "We need help bad."

Congressman Gene Taylor is just as fed up with the federal government's response to Katrina. So he vented frustration by putting up a tent outside the capital and demanding that the leaders of the world's greatest nation do something to help Mississippi hurricane victims move out of tents and rebuild their homes as quickly as possible.

Julie Segreti couldn't have said it any better.

"I think they could have done a lot better," the Waveland woman said.

As she raked debris off her damaged front yard, he urged Congress to "please come down here and see. Live it yourself. See what it's like to get through this."

Segreti received a FEMA trailer, and some financial assistance from FEMA. So, she's not completely appalled by the federal government's response. But she does believe a lot more must be done to help hurricane victims recover.

"I hope my children never have to go through it. I wouldn't want anybody to have to go through this," Segreti said.

While Mississippi waits for the federal government to hammer out a recovery package, Muriel Hansen watches in amazement as a bunch of volunteers hammer her hurricane damaged home back together.

"They're great. They're very dedicated and doing a great job," she said.

by Brad Kessie

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