Have to give this FEMA guy some credit. Ahem, no one from the Army Corps of Engineers was willing.
For $5, residents on this street of flooded houses received three tennis balls _ and a chance to vent 15 months of frustration at the slow pace of rebuilding.
That’s because sitting on the miniature diving board, shivering above the icy tub was a representative of a reviled and much-lampooned organization: the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“C’mon, the water’s warm. Let’s go!” cried out Bob Josephson, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s director of intergovernmental affairs in Louisiana.
In less than an hour, the residents of Broadmoor, one of the city’s hardest-hit neighborhoods, had shelled out $250 to dunk him, several taking repeated turns.
Waiting their turn were members of the city council and the CEO of Entergy New Orleans, the city’s main utility, blamed for the slow pace of hookups.
No shows included City Council President Oliver Thomas, himself a resident of Broadmoor, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in charge of fixing the city’s collapsed levees.
“Chicken,” muttered Carina Loubier, 44, whose house nearby flooded and who has been slowly rebuilding.
“If the Corps would have showed up it would have been the biggest draw of the day. If we have to blame somebody for this _ it’s them” she said, waving her hands at the neighborhood of crippled and reborn homes.
Others who took the plunge were NOLA councilwoman Stacey Head and councilwoman Shelley Midura. While the CEO of Entergy New Orleans did show and made a donation he begged off at the last minute. Nagin and Blanco were invited but declined.