Hurricane Evacuee Lawsuit

About two dozen hurricane evacuees living on a cruise ship in Saint Bernard parish are taking the federal government to court today in a bid to keep the ship docked and the government paying for it.

The lawsuit claims the federal emergency management agency failed to provide alternative housing and have shown no evidence it would by Wednesday, FEMA’s deadline for releasing the cruise ships it has rented.

FEMA officials declined to comment on the lawsuit after it was filed Friday, but emphasizes FEMA had done everything it could to help those who lost their homes.

About 300 residents from devastated Saint Bernard parish have been living on the Scotia prince ship, docked on the Mississippi River at Violet, 12 miles down-river from New Orleans.

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