Florida congressman criticizes FEMA on slow housing aid

Florida congressman criticizes FEMA on slow housing aid

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The first congressman not from Louisiana toured flood-damaged areas Monday.

U.S. Congressman John Mica, R-Florida, and U.S. Congressman Garret Graves, R-Louisiana, took an hour and a half sky tour and saw the sweep of the damage. They then visited the disaster staging area on Sherwood Forest in Baton Rouge.

"You gotta get these deployed, and I want them deployed this week," said Mica about new FEMA housing units.

Mica, who is the chair of the subcommittee which oversees FEMA, said he now appreciates the big challenge in south Louisiana.

"We have people who have no place to sleep. We have put in place some rules that they can't occupy some temporary housing at their own home sites where they can work to repair them. We have a situation where I'm told we may have one portable unit deployed. That's unacceptable."

Mica added Congress will target FEMA rules that slow down recovery.

FEMA told Mica about Louisiana's Shelter at Home program which started registration Monday allowing people to have money to repair their home enough to move back in and live in it while they finish their recovery.

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