Despite Katrina lessons, flood plan in Louisiana shows gaps

FILE- In this Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 file aerial photo, a boat motors between flooded homes after heavy rains inundating the region, in Hammond, La. Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina exposed huge gaps in the disaster response plans of Louisiana and the nation. Lessons learned from that 2005 monster storm formed the backbone of state and federal reaction as flooding ravaged 20 Louisiana parishes last month. (AP Photo/Max Becherer, File)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina exposed huge gaps in the disaster response plans of Louisiana and the nation.

Lessons learned from that 2005 monster storm formed the backbone of state and federal reaction as flooding ravaged 20 Louisiana parishes last month.

The response in the immediate aftermath of the flooding was widely praised by officials and storm victims, Republican and Democrat alike.

That’s a striking contrast to the heavy criticism after Katrina.

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 Katrina.

Criticisms are emerging about the pace of housing aid, the size of grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the question marks that surround rebuilding and recovery.

 

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