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Dear Editor:For the last six-plus months I have been deployed to Slidell, La., and the surrounding areas north of New Orleans, working as a FEMA housing inspector and more recently as a FEMA quality assurance travel-trailer inspector.As a longtime local I was pleased to read online that Roaring Fork Valley residents had “adopted” Pearlington, Miss., for helping with recovery efforts.I can assure you that even CNN doesn’t do justice to how completely and utterly devastated the Gulf Coast region still appears after six months. Other than the horrendous mounds of debris being removed from the roadways, there are many, many places that look like the hurricane came last week. Entire areas of towns are still without people and services, and destruction is apparent everywhere. Driving here has a sobering effect.Thankfully, various church organizations have exceptionally risen to the occasion and provided much-needed support, even for relief workers such as myself, who, without them would have never been able to help since food and lodging were missing for hundreds of miles for many months.Please know that any and all aid is greatly appreciated by the thousands of displaced folks, many who still wait in tents for their FEMA trailers, or have nothing to look forward to in the way of rebuilding. The pain is often palatable when I perform my duties, and sometimes it’s hard not to cry with them for sure.So thanks for your efforts and keep them coming!Scott CrowAspen


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