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Plaquemines residents sound off about slow Isaac recovery

Belle Chasse, La. -

Belle Chasse, La. -- Hurricane Isaac victims in Plaquemines are upset that FEMA has set Monday as the deadline for them to leave hotels being paid by the federal agency.

Storm victims packed the Parish Council meeting, where tempers flared often. Not only are they furious over the deadline for FEMA to stop paying the hotel tabs -- they also are dissatisfied over the pace of the recovery. 

"West Pointe-a-La Hache is totaled, and I'm so upset," said Melinda Bartholemy. 

A FEMA spokesman told FOX 8 News that the state is seeking a two-week extension for the hotel assistance for storm victims, but no decision has been made yet.

"I had four feet of water.  The mold is steadily growing," continued Bartholemy. 

"Do us some justice here... This is not a third world country here, we're in America, we some way that we can go back home," said Elliott Sylve, a West Pointe-A-La Hache resident who organized other residents to get them to the meeting. 

Councilman Burghart Turner represents that area.  "Many of them still are out of electricity, so if they don't have electricity, what is it that you expect them to do?  Where do you expect them to go?," Turner stated.

Turner also wants FEMA to consider placing individual modular homes or trailers on victim's property.  He said FEMA officials were not invited to the meeting because he only learned of the Monday deadline on Wednesday.

FEMA said it has been paying for residents to stay at hotels with which it had previously contracted.

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