Rural Alabama After Ivan

Cleaning Up After Ivan
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Renna Moton sat in her trailer in rural northeast Wilcox County with no power, no phone service, a hole in the roof over her living room and the remains of a 100-year-old oak tree on top of her red 1991 Toyota Camry.

All the windows and doors to the trailer were open in an attempt to dry out the rug and furniture that were soaked by Ivan's rains. When the oak tree smashed into the roof, the rain poured through. A black tarp was used to cover the hole.

Like others in rural Wilcox County, Moton is still waiting for help to arrive four days after Hurricane Ivan roared through Alabama. Some rural residents have complained that aid has been slow reaching them, while a stream of federal and other officials have toured the Alabama coast.

With no insurance, Moton said their only hope was to get help from federal or state officials with fixing her roof and replacing her food that spoiled.

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said yesterday that storm victims should call 1-800-621-FEMA to apply for assistance, but with no phone service and no power to run televisions, Moton knew nothing about the phone number.

But Moton said she's patient and feels some progress is being made. A state emergency management agency truck came by Sunday and left some ice and Meals Ready to Eat, prepackaged food normally used to feed soldiers in the field. She said the MREs as they are sometimes called, -- quote "are not very good."