Woman claims FEMA worker went too far

October 24, 2008 4:43:25 AM PDT
In an Eyewitness News exclusive, we found there are allegations that a FEMA contract worker may have gone a little too far with a Galveston resident who's recovering from Hurricane Ike. Gail Meads can't talk about it without crying. Her encounter with a FEMA inspector has left her emotionally frazzled. Meads alleges the inspector behaved inappropriately when he visited her last week at her storm damaged Galveston home.

Meads says she lost everything and was already crying when he arrived.

"He started wiping my tears away, which I though was really creepy, but I knew this was my only chance so I just hung in there, you know, and let him direct the conversation and that's how it started, you know," Meads said.

Meads is sleeping in a hotel room. But for the past 40 days, she slept inside her car parked in front of her home.

"I didn't want to sleep in that car anymore," Meads admitted. "I put up with whatever he gave me."

Meads alleges the inspector began a personal conversation, telling her information not relevant to a FEMA inspection.

"He hadn't been with a woman in 18 months and the only thing that's missing in his life is a good woman or something like that," she said. "I couldn't believe, the way I looked, the way I felt, what I had been through, the people that I was helping, that this is what we were talking about."

Meads reported the inspector to FEMA. The local director says the inspector has not yet been questioned and is still performing inspections.

"Considering the weight of these allegations, should that inspector still be in the field?" we asked.

"We have to ascertain whether or not the allegations are true or not and we're moving just as quickly as we can to determine that," said FEMA's Jerry Stolar.

FEMA says they take these allegations seriously and are investigating. They want to know if there are any similar complaints. If this has happened to you, they wany you to call 1800-621-FEMA.


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