Lawyers File Lawsuit Against FEMA

POSTED: Friday, November 21, 2008 - 8:46pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm

Hurricane Dolly left millions of dollars of damage in the Valley.

Some residents are upset, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has not helped them to fix their homes.

Now attorneys representing those homeowners filed several lawsuit's .

50 year old Jose Gonzales is a paralyzed from the neck down.

He lives on just over $600 a month.

During Hurricane Dolly his roof was damaged.

Shingles where blown off.

Inside his home mold has formed in his guest room, a place where Gonzales usually likes to look at his backyard because he does not get out much.

In his living room there are still cracks from water which came through the roof.

Gonzales says FEMA said he had insufficient damage to get aid.

That's where Emily Rickers and the Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid come in.

They have filed a lawsuit against FEMA.

They want FEMA to publish standards on how they decide emergency housing assistance, something they do not do right now.

The Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid has filed the lawsuit in federal court.

They are waiting to see when they'll get their day in court.

The Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid says that hearing date could be as early as next week.

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