Thousands of evacuees from the Gulf Coast are staying in hotel rooms in Georgia and Texas, but they will have to find other accommodations in about two weeks.
At the federal Housing and Urban Development office in DeKalb County, several evacuees sought help Thursday at the agency, but were given little assistance.
“It’s stressful,” said evacuee Crystal Stanton. “It’s cold out here and we have until the 31st, and FEMA is going to put us out on the street.”
The only damage sustained by most of the nearly 30,000 households receiving aid was spoiled food in the freezer.
[. . .] What happened in Jackson and its suburbs – in Hinds, Madison and Rankin Counties – might not be unique. Emergency officials elsewhere in Mississippi and in parts of Louisiana have also questioned how so much federal aid could have been authorized, given the limited damage they documented.
[. . .] The disaster area in Mississippi – which is led by Gov. Haley Barbour, a Republican ally of President Bush’s – extends 200 miles farther north than that in Louisiana, which is led by Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, a Democrat who at times criticized the federal storm response.