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Aug 26, 2010 4:09 PM by Melissa Canone

Lessons Learned From Katrina

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - The head of FEMA tells a congressional
panel that the agency learned from Hurricane Katrina to be more
flexible in reviewing and approving federal funding for storm
repair and rebuilding projects.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate
on Thursday told a panel led by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.,
that the agency became "too oriented on process" after the 2005
hurricane, creating a backlog of projects awaiting money.
Several members of Louisiana's congressional delegaTHn also
heard testimony Thursday from Housing and Urban Development
Secretary Shaun Donovan and Lt. Gen. Robert Van Antwerp of the Army
Corps of Engineers.
The hearing for the Senate Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery was
held at an elementary school in Chalmette built on the site of a
middle school that was heavily damaged by Katrina.

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