The saga continues as new zoning laws just released on Thursday have made some of the completed work of Hands On and other organizations obsolete. Some homeowners are now required to raise their houses in order to meet city code and thus qualify for flood insurance. This is information that should have been released months ago, before people ever returned to rebuild their homes. We are already fighting an uphill battle, and it frustrates me to no end that we're making it harder on these people than it needs to be. I am hoping that this setback inspires more cooperation and communication among homeowners, volunteers, and local, state, and national gonvernment; hoping being the operative word.
I know I've said this at least five times throughout the week, but I really can't even begin to describe the situation on the Gulf Coast. I have had the opportunity to volunteer in many different struggling parts of our country and also in a third world county, and I can honestly say that I have never witnessed need as great as it is in New Orleans right now. I'm not saying this to pat myself on the back, but simply to put this situation in perspective.