Evacuees Update, Reaction to President's Speech

By: Natalie Swaby
By: Natalie Swaby

"Thank you, thank you, thank you very much," those were the words of gratitude that came from Ronald Hampton almost a week ago. Today the New Orleans evacuee is even more enthusiastic, saying, "I've got to thank Allied again, I got to thank Madison."

Hurricane survivors are grateful to be settling in to new apartments and a new neighborhood.

Evacuee James Deangleis says, "it feels good because I can start a whole new life here, and it is wonderful and I look forward to growing with the community."

A week later they are still reading the want ads, but in some cases they have been lucky enough to have employers come to them.

Bryan Burgess, also from New Orleans, says, "people are offering everyday."

"Right now I am looking for the heavy equipment because I am certified, I have some leads right now," tells Hampton.

Volunteers, like Jenny Grether, are helping in the job search, and making room for more evacuees.

"Now that there are more people in the Milwaukee area I think it is very possible that some of the people that are staying at the state fair grounds might start making their way here," she says.

"I had a brother that was left out there and we just got into contact, so we are going to try to bring him to Allied," Hampton says.

Keeping contact with family and friends is a main focus, but for the evacuees we spoke with, listening to President Bush's speech is not.

"Do you want to hear what the President has to say tonight," asks Reporter Natalie Swaby.

"No, I really don't have the time to listen to that," says Deangelis. "I know it is just going to be more politics, you know, mumbo jumbo double talk, more blame and stuff like that, but nobody is really stepping up to the plate."

Burgess adds, "he didn't get there in time. I'm out now, so I just hope he is able to take care of people that are still there, that is all I am really worried about."

Volunteers are looking at taking in more Hurricane survivors as well as helping area homeless and the Allied Drive community. Thursday night coordinators and volunteers held a meeting to discuss just that.

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