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Commissioners frustrated with FEMA relief efforts

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Nueces County Commissioner Brent Chesney is frustrated.  He's frustrated so many are still homeless because of Harvey and he's frustrated with FEMA.

“They've been a disaster with no relief,” said Chesney.

The mood was tense at a special Nueces County Commissioners' Court session Tuesday as commissioners questioned representatives from the Coastal Bend Council of Governments and the Texas General Land Office.  Commissioners believe housing assistance money isn't getting to people who need it because FEMA dropped the ball.

“The system is broken, they're not helping people the way they're supposed to be helping people,” Chesney told KRIS 6 News after the meeting.  “They can tout all the statistics they want, but you've still got many people who don't have a place to live because they haven't come through with their trailers.”

Trailers were a major point of contention with Chesney.  In Nueces County, the federal agency identified only 18 people who've qualified for a trailer or mobile home.  Chesney calls that number absurd.

“Their numbers may be right because people can't get through and they've given up on FEMA,” said Chesney.

And with Christmas and the four month anniversary approaching, Chesney believes it's time for FEMA to live up to its mission of helping people affected by federal disasters.

“December 25th is four months to the day, Christmas is the anniversary of Harvey,” said Chesney.  “How many people are still forgotten and how many people are still out of their homes?”

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