What on Earth are these people thinking? We’ve had tales from across the country of people rushing to help in the Gulf Coast only to be turned away or left waiting for FEMA to do their job. Here’s yet another, of a trucker turned victim by FEMA…
KNBC-TV – LOS ANGELES – A trucker who volunteered to carry supplies to hurricane-ravaged communities has been stranded for nearly one week in Mississippi. Phillip Jacobs, a driver for American Nickell Carriers, remained stranded Thursday night in the Gulfport, Miss., area. He has been communicating with the Ontario company and family members through online messages.
“He went there to help, and now he’s sorry,” said dispatcher Stacy Lopez. “He’s a victim now. He’s hungrier and thirstier than the victims.”
Jacbos left Sept. 2 with a semitrailer load of bottled water. When the truck reached its destination Sunday, FEMA officials told Jacobs to wait in a long line with other truckers.
Jacobs told Lopez that he has been given one meal per day. He said the bottled water remains on the truck.
“My drivers so wanted to help that they just wanted to get there as fast as possible,” said Donna Nickell, of American Nickell Carrier. “He’s just been sitting there since Sunday, knowing that he’s got all this water to help these victims.”
Company officials said only FEMA officials are allowed to open the semitrailer and distribute the water.