Thursday, September 04, 2008

More than 1,000 Louisianans in Tarrant are waiting to return home

Olidge Narcisse is grateful, but he has one big problem with the city of Fort Worth: It’s not home.

Narcisse, 49, who left his home in the New Orleans area Sunday night to avoid Hurricane Gustav, is one of more than 1,000 south Louisiana residents staying in Tarrant County shelters and waiting for the bus ride back home.

"I love the city from what I’ve seen so far," Narcisse said Wednesday afternoon. "But when more money is going out than what is coming in, you begin to miss home."

South Louisiana residents fleeing Gustav began arriving in North Texas on Sunday night. The hurricane hit Monday morning.

Late Tuesday, President Bush authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide individual assistance to Louisiana residents of several parishes. The assistance can include grants for temporary housing, home repairs and other "serious disaster-related expenses," according to FEMA.

Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration also will be available to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance, according to the agency.

By late Wednesday, buses, cars packed with sleeping bags and groceries began pulling away from Tarrant County.

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