Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee is FED UP with FEMA! He’s not waiting around for FEMA to respond to his requests — he’s handling things locally, like in the case of a local Wal-Mart store that “wanted to open recently but was told by FEMA officials that it could not.” Hat tip to Donnie from Houma, La in our comments.
“I am upset with FEMA and some of their regulations,” Lee said.
After talking about the situation concerning the Wal-Mart on Thursday, Lee said he briefly talked to Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-New Orleans on Friday. He asked her to check on the situation and find out if there was a legitimate reason to keep the store closed.
But because of communication difficulties, he did not hear back and took the situation in his own hands.
Lee said he gave handwritten notes to Wal-Mart stores in Harvey and Kenner saying they were ordered to open as soon as possible. Lee said Parish President Aaron Broussard agreed with the decision.
Lee said anyone from FEMA who tries to close either store will be arrested by deputies.
“We’re encouraging the businesses to get up and going.”