Galveston residents sound off at meeting

October 23, 2008 4:29:52 AM PDT
An announcement is expected today from the state outlining plans to take over of shelter operations following Hurricane Ike. It comes a day after Galveston residents voiced their frustrations. ROAD TO RECOVERY: How you can help | Person locator | Important phone numbers | Assistance from FEMA | Filing a claim

During a town hall meeting last night Galveston city departments each gave progress reports. The crowd applauded efforts by groups like the Red Cross. But many questioned delays on permits to start repairs.

"We don't have anywhere to go right now," said displaced resident Katherine Medberry. "If they put us out on the street the police will pick us up and put us in jail."

"We're not throwing anyone out on the streets," said Alicia Cahill with the City of Galveston. "We do have a plan. We're just waiting for the last pieces to fall in to place so we can implement it."

The tent city shelter is scheduled to close Sunday night.

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