Chertoff Returns to Texas Amid FEMA Criticism

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) -- Homeland Security Secretary Michael
Chertoff will be back in Texas observing recovery efforts in
Houston and Galveston.

Houston's mayor is unhappy with FEMA, saying supplies aren't
coming in fast enough in the days since Hurricane Ike blew through.
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett has personally taken over
coordination of efforts to hand out relief supplies.

FEMA says it'll start paying for 30 days of hotel expenses for
people whose homes are too damaged for them to live in.

Near Galveston, about 250 residents of the hard-hit Bolivar
Peninsula refuse to leave. The Texas attorney general's office is
exploring how to legally force them out, saying they're concerned
about a lack of utilities and the spread of diseases.


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