FEMA admitted broken Katrina response, feared Mississippi riots

(Capitol Hill-AP) Dec. 5, 2005 - Documents released Monday show FEMA realized its response to Hurricane Katrina was "broken" and that it braced for rioting over low supplies in Mississippi.

The correspondence between FEMA officials was provided by a special House committee investigating the government response to the storm. A September first e-mail by FEMA's former top responder in Mississippi described difficulties in getting body bags and refrigerated trucks to Hancock County, which was badly damaged by the August 29th storm.

The special House committee, chaired by Virginia Congressman Tom Davis, released eight pages of e-mails.

While some Democrats are participating, their party leaders have asked lawmakers to boycott the inquiry that they believe should be done by an independent commission.

Posted 8:15pm by Chantelle Janelle