Meridian Residents, Evacuees Fed Up With FEMA

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The last week and a half has been the hardest of Jeff Garcia's life. Forced from his home in Slidell, La., last Monday after floodwaters went over his house, he has been here in Meridian since.

Garcia said he stayed in a hotel with his daughter and grandson until he ran out of money. Now he's looking for help from the federal government.

FEMA is giving out $2,000 debit cards to storm evacuees, but those cards haven't made it to Meridian yet. FEMA is also supposed to be opening an office in Meridian to help victims, but it hasn't happened yet.

And those who have tried to call FEMA's toll free number say all they get is a busy signal.

Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott says FEMA is overwhelmed right now, but he also says the response in Meridian has been inadequate.

You won't get any disagreement from Garcia. He says he's at the end of his rope and he doesn't know how much longer he can hold on.