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Hancock County Citizens Feel Frustrated, Forgotten

There's only a slab left where JoJo Maisonneuve's house on Bayou Lacroix in Shoreline Park used to be. Now he lives in a FEMA trailer and wonders why recovery in Hancock County seems to be on a slow track.

"People over there living in tents, people down the road living in tents. They shouldn't be living in tents. There's no progress going on. I've gotten more done in two weeks than I've seen them do in eight weeks."

Maisonneuve is also put out with the cleanup crews. He says they broke his water line.

"I told them about it a week ago. They broke my water line and yesterday I got mad enough I came out here and dug it up and fixed it myself."

Before Katrina, the Riverview subdivision was a neighborhood of raised homes. What the hurricane didn't blow away, the heavy equipment gobbles up for the debris pile.

"Very frustrated, very stressful living like this out here. It's horrible. It's mud, gnats, mosquitoes, water," says Roxy Green.

She and Elmer Smiley's house is gone too. Now their only shelter is a tent and a small camper as they wait for a FEMA trailer.

"I've been told in two weeks, I've been told a month. Three weeks ago they told me two weeks and now the end of the month I'll possibly get one," says Smiley.

As they live in the rubble of their former lives, the citizens say they feel they are forgotten.

Green says, "I feel like a number."

Maisonneuve says, "I feel like we ain't nothing back here."

Still they try to have hope that each day will get better.

byMarcia Hill

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