Jim King, Brian Mann, Fema discussed on Morning Edition

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Floors being damaged and the walls off and everything falling apart is the last to recover from anchor said her family has enough food and water there cooking on the charcoal grill. They still haven't had any contact with FEMA or other aid programs. They don't have insurance and anchor said she's not sure what to do. So we're looking forward for someone to, you know, come and help us out with some things and Hopefully, things go great for us. I heard this again and again hope as people start cleaning up and rebuilding, but also exhaustion and confusion. Did see FEMA centers and aid stations along the road as they drove. But the scale of this disaster is daunting, and a lot of these towns are really isolated. People told me. It's hard to get good information. There's still no power cell phone service is spotty. There's no Internet. There are mile long lines just to get gasoline, but help is arriving to dig out these towns and Holloway debris. Grand Isle at the very tip of southern Louisiana National Guard bulldozer was clearing dunes of sand that IDA dropped on the main road. But here again, the scale of work ahead is hard to wrap your mind around. A lot of the houses on this barrier island are just gone sheered away. It makes you wonder. Where do you start? Where do you start jewels? Baldwin was checking on his vacation camp, which sits up high on pilings. Looking out from the deck, Baldwin said. He's not sure what will happen next to this town. I got to feel a lot of people won't be back. Some people that got totally destroyed. A couple miles down the road. I climbed a ladder to talk with Jim King his house to sits up high on pilings. The precaution after the last big storm. We moved down here three months before Katrina lost. Everything we owned Started over again. King is 75 years old. He rode out, Ida right here. Part of the House broke off while he was inside. You can't describe anything because all it was was wind and rain. You can't see nothing. I hear nothing but rain and wind, King said. His wife, who didn't want to talk with me went to a shelter during Ida King said She thinks he was crazy for staying. And when he saw how much destruction there was, he agreed with her. Now they've been told they might have to make do for a month without electricity, using their generator and camping out in their RV, King said. He really loves it here. But sometimes it's hard to remember why. Yeah, there's some good and some bad. Let me tell you what, And this, too, is the thing. People told me as they begin to rebuild one more time. They love life on this coast, but it's getting harder to sustain. Brian Mann NPR news.

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