Where did the money end up? Work was stopped and the money diverted to New Orleans after Katrina. To people who did not have flood insurance, jobs, money or even titles to the places they lived. Even this would not have been a bad thing except for the fact that New Orleans is not any better than it was in the year before Katrina hit.
But don't worry, you paid for this too!
$142 Billion in Federal Recovery Funding;
$247.5 million in federal block grants for improvements of local school districts;
$130 million for rebuilding local criminal justice systems;
$85 million in new HUD housing vouchers; and
$47 million in grants for medical services in underserved areas.
That is in addition to the $211 billion in charitable donations from individuals, groups, churches, celebrities and foreign countries.
For all this, they could have built a fantastical city and provided the residents meaningful jobs in hopes they would stop killing each other and a few tourists each month. 70% of the Louisiana Road Home Program Funds cannot be accounted for. In addition, over $700 Million in federal funds were fraudulently accepted or used.
And I am fighting my flood insurance people for money to repair my insured home.
|August 13, 2016|
But I digress.....
This week, it has been raining. For the last three days it has rained nearly non-stop.
|December 5, 2016|
Frank and I spent Sunday finishing the shelves for the closet. Druing the day, I kept checking the back area. After a hard rain late yesterday afternoon, I was joined by our neighbor Barb. She is Dale's wife. She had the same gut wrenching feelings and needed to see what things looked like back there.
We stood in the rain, holding each other. We both lost so much, lifetimes. We both are rebuilding, knowing this is the last time either of us could do this. And we went out for margaritas.
They, too, are living in an RV in the driveway. But their heater works, they have a refrigerator and they have sewer hook ups nearby so their RV bathroom works.
And this week, the temperature will drop below freezing. We are in a camper with no heat. I changed the delivery date for the bed to come today. Rain or not. It will come. I cannot live in a camper with no heat It will jeopardize not only us but our dogs.
And my contractor camp find people to work. He sure dropped the ball on that, didn't he? I really like Jay. He is not disreputable, like most people I talk to, he just can't get workers. He is in over his head.
Really? This morning I will work on getting someone to finish the cabinet install, tile the shower and change out the flood compromised windows.
And try not to think about my freezing feet and the incessant rain.
Oh, the incessant rain.