During recent flooding, some levees in Kansas were breached. (Yes, Kansas has levees!) According to the story, there was a quote from a FEMA official saying “FEMA doesn’t do levees.”
After New Orleans, I think the entire country would agree with that sentiment.
Although after some congressmen got involved, FEMA changed their tune, and now promises to fund 75% of the repair work.
Too bad their initial answer is “no” to anyone from ordinary citizens to county officials.
This small-scale problem gives some people a small idea of what people in New Orleans are still dealing with. It must be really frustrating.