Lawsuit against FEMA claims ‘secret rules’ keep residents from getting assistance

A lawsuit addressing many of the same concerns from South Texas residents remains pending eight years after Hurricane Dolly.

News Story (Texas)

Julie Silva
Monitor (TX)
September 16, 2016

Tags: Disaster Recovery

Organizations mentioned/involved: Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)


Ultimately, half of the living room was destroyed and the roof of the home was damaged, causing leaks throughout the house, according to a lawsuit filed against the Federal Emergency Management Agency by the Barbosas, La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) and several South Texas families.

“I turned off the breakers in the electrical box because I was afraid that the exposed copper wiring would start a fire. To this day, the wiring is still exposed,” Barbosa states in an affidavit attached to the lawsuit.

“Because of the damage, described above, my home is unsafe now,” he later adds. “I visit my damaged home nearly every day to check on it and make sure no one has broken in, but my family just can’t live there while it is in this condition.”