- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)7
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Man convicted of Perryville convenience-store heist (9/21/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)4
As residents in Caruthersville, Mo., continue to reclaim their lives and their town following a devastating tornado two months ago, they are also getting a taste of how the federal government responds to disasters.
The nation has watched the government's actions in the wake of two of the most destructive hurricanes in recent history along the Gulf Coast. With another hurricane season upon us, countless residents -- and former residents -- of that area are still months away from anything resembling recovery.
In Caruthersville, storm victims are getting a taste of how the federal bureaucracy acts in times of dire need.
One example is the provision of temporary housing for residents whose homes were destroyed or were damaged too much to be lived in. Single individuals have been given mobile homes, most with two or more bedrooms, while family groups of four or more are given cramped travel trailers.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it has guidelines such as lot sizes and flood plains to take into consideration. But when a large family gets a travel trailer next door to a single neighbor with a mobile home, it's hard to understand those guidelines -- or the lack of common sense that too many federal programs fail to possess.