Houston Mayor Modifies Curfew, Acknowledges POD Problems

September 16, 2008

During a midday press conference, Mayor Bill White announced that Houston’s curfew is being changed to midnight – 6 a.m. beginning tonight.

As of now, that curfew will continue through the weekend.

White also discussed a number of ongoing problems with some points of distribution, or PODs, throughout the Houston area. While being careful not to criticize FEMA, he acknowledged frustration with some bureaucratic snafus at some locations.

One instance he cited occurred at the Texas Southern University campus where a POD representative turned trucks with ice and other supplies away, reportedly citing “security problems.” This, witnesses said, was in spite of the fact that the truck had arrived with a police escort.

“That is not going to happen again,” White said, adding he demanded the person be relieved of duty.

When pressed, White refused to identify the person as a FEMA employee, but did say “this wasn’t a local or state representative.”

There was another problem with a POD in Pasadena not receiving shipments of supplies.

At an earlier press conference, both White and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett expressed “frustration” with some federal relief efforts, but were careful to steer clear of directly criticizing FEMA.

No problems at any PODs in Fort Bend County have been reported.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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