Ex-FEMA head Brown evacuated in Boulder wildfire

Hurricane Katrina victims take note. Michael Brown is safe.

A series of wind-whipped wildfires north of Boulder, Colo., have forced the evacuation of more than 11,500 residents — among them vilified ex-Federal Emergency Management Agency head Michael Brown.

Brown was lauded by President Bush for doing a “heckuva job” in the botched rescue of Hurricane Katrina that took the lives of 1,836 people and caused more than $81 billion in damage. Brown resigned in disgrace and the event looms as a national turning point against the Bush Administration.

This week PBS’ Frontline broadcast a heart-wrenching investigative report, “The Old Man and the Storm, about struggling post-Katrina rebuilding efforts more than three years after the massive hurricane destroyed much of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

FEMA has promised to pay up to 75 percent of firefighting costs, according to a Daily Camera story.

The latest images and ground reports via Twitter can be found at twemes.com/boulderfire.

h/t Westword

This story was originally reported at The Colorado Independent.

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