Loaded relief trucks sitting still in Alabama

| 9/16/2005

More than 100 trucks were still sitting at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL, on Friday, Sept. 16, waiting to be deployed to areas hit by Hurricane Katrina.

The Associated Press reported that some of the trucks - which are carrying ice and water - have been waiting at the base for three or four days.

The supplies were intended for Alabama victims, but officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the site told The AP that there was an oversupply. The truckers could find themselves rerouted to Mississippi or Louisiana or even sent to aid victims of Hurricane Ophelia in North Carolina.

Trucks have been gathered at the Air Force base for about two weeks. The AP reported that the number of trucks there changes daily, but some have been there longer than others.

Buck Hamilton, the president of Alabama Food Services, told The AP he has a contract with FEMA, and the agency typically pays the drivers about $600 a day at the staging areas.