It was "night and day," he said. "
But during the catastrophic flooding in mid-August, police directed volunteer boats and their owners — nicknamed the "
"You didn't have that in
In 2005, the monster storm exposed huge gaps in disaster response plans on local, state and federal levels. More than 1,500 people were killed in
Lessons learned from
But the slog of the longer-term recovery is starting to show that cracks remain in the disaster safety net — and that wariness lingers about federal help after the troubled response to
Criticisms are emerging about the pace of housing aid, the size of grants from the
"I don't feel like y'all are pushing the issue quick enough or fast enough to be able to get people back in their homes," state Rep.
"I'm just hearing the horror stories," said Perkins, a father of two.
Perhaps complaints are inevitable when a disaster displaces so many who desperately want to get back to their homes. Officials estimate more than 110,000 homes are damaged from flooding described as the worst disaster since Superstorm Sandy.
But discontent took longer to surface this time, and there's little disagreement about improvements in the federal and state response in the years since
People weren't left stranded for days without supplies, like at the
"There's definitely a giant education movement from
Republican Lt. Gov.
That's not to suggest the response wasn't without a hitch. Flood damage to
And just like after
"Why is it so hard to get help?" she said.