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HAMMOND, La. - Being forced to vacate his FEMA trailer _ even if the reason was to safeguard his health _ struck Allsee Tobias as yet another failure of the federal government to help Hurricane Katrina victims.
"They know how to put me out, but they don't know how to help me out. That's how I look at it," said Tobias, who lost his New Orleans home in post-Katrina flooding and then was told to leave his trailer over the weekend.
"Pack and pray. That's what they told us," he said.
Guard killed in New Orleans FEMA park
NEW ORLEANS - A security guard at a FEMA trailer park was shot and killed Monday in the latest violence to wrack the city, still struggling to recover from Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Police said.
The shooting, around 5:15 a.m., was at a trailer park in Gentilly, a section of the city that flooded during Hurricane Katrina. A few hours earlier, another man was shot and killed near the Guste public housing complex.
Mission to New Orleans
When it's all said and done, the home will be an empty shell, just like most of the other homes in the neighborhood. FEMA trailers still sit in the front yards of many homes that are stripped, but waiting for a new interior.
"We're moving into the rebuild stage," says Chuck Jett, construction manager for Lutheran Disaster Response. "Praise the lord, we've gotten close to getting most of the mucking done that needs to be done."
But so much work remains, Jett says Camp Atonement will likely stay in place for at least eight to ten years.