Rural La. communities criticize delayed U.S. response

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Even as federal aid and troops are pouring into New Orleans to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina, the hard-to-reach rural communities around the city have received little -- if any -- assistance from federal agencies, and they are straining to provide for their residents and clean up. 'The federal people don't have a clue,' said U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon, a Democrat who represents southeastern Louisiana. 'They know where New Orleans is, period.'

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