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FEMA eyes debt take-back as hurricane season looms

4 years ago June 01, 2011 Jun 1, 2011 Wednesday, June 01 2011 Wednesday, June 01, 2011 3:42:35 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Brittany Rivas

NEW ORLEANS- Nearly six years after Hurricane Katrina drowned New Orleans in misery, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is reminding storm victims why they cursed the agency for its sluggish response to the disaster.

As a new hurricane season begins Wednesday, FEMA is working on a long-delayed push to determine how much money it overpaid or mistakenly awarded to victims of the destructive 2005 hurricane season.

The agency is reviewing more than $600 million given to roughly 154,000 victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma and is poised to demand that some return money.

It's too soon to tell how many people will be told to repay or how much money is at stake, but letters to Gulf Coast storm victims could go out in a matter of months.

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