NBC Evening News for Tuesday, May 03, 1977
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(Studio) Flood victims in West Virginia valleys are angered by delay in federal aid. Chip Carter and US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Patricia Harris fly to area.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Lobata, West Virginia) Harris says she's here to investigate complaints re: admin.'s handling of aid program. [HARRIS - has come to see situation for self.] Officials then go to Mingo Cnty., West Virginia, area hardest hit; are told there, by local official, that there's no excuse for HUD's failure to provide more hsing. for those eligible. Harris cites reasons it's not been provided. At relief center, Harris talks to Frieda Deskins, who's still waiting for help. [DESKINS - has been waiting for month to get hsing.] Later, Harris says delay might not have been so long if US Housing and Urban Development had listened to suggestions of area victims more closely; says department will do so from now on.
REPORTER: Bob Kur
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