Frustrations Mount After Wilma

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The head of Homeland Security says he doesn't want to be FEMA director, but he's keeping a close grip on Hurricane Wilma relief efforts.

Michael Chertoff heads to Florida today to survey the damage. President Bush will be in the state Thursday. The Bush administration was stung by intense criticism after Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans.

FEMA officials are telling Floridians to be patient for relief supplies. A spokeswoman says they can't "wave a magic wand" to instantly repair the damage.

Tempers flared yesterday as some people stood in line for hours to get supplies. Trucks carrying bags of ice and cases of water were late to a number of distribution areas. Some electricity has been restored but millions are still blacked out.

Wilma is blamed for at least six deaths in Florida.


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