SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - As the federal government tries to find out what could be better in shelters across Texas and Louisiana, Shreveport becomes a point of interest. "Shreveport, Bossier City, in conjunction with social services, Red Cross, and others housed well over 13,000 folks," Shreveport Mayor, Cedric Glover told the U.S. Senate Committee on Disaster Relief in Washington on Tuesday. "Just to come back here, it's heart breaking and wrenching and I don't know, I just hope our government is willing to do what they need to do," said Normie Pugh, an evacuee staying in Shreveport.
Mayor Glover told the Ad Hoc Committee on Disaster Recovery that improvements were made from hurricane Katrina, but there were still problems. "Cots ordered September 1st, towels, and other supplies needed to stand up and support the shelter ordered on the first of September 1st did not arrive until the 17th," Glover told the committee. Glover commended local volunteers for pitching in. "As a result, our city government, and the volunteers in churches across the area stepped forward to do what was necessary to ensure that those critical needs were met," Glover said.
Throughout the testimony the committee heard praise and criticism. One committee member said to the panel "I'm proud of the great leadership that our local and state officials showed during a very trying time". And the praise and criticism was coming from Houston Mayor Bill White, Galveston Mayor, Lyda Ann Thomas and Mayor Glover, all of them in a unique position to tell lawmakers what will be needed the next time.