Pryor Critical of FEMA Hurricane Response While Touring Gulf Coast

JANUARY 18, 2006 - Posted at 7:41 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor took a tour of the hurricane-devastated Gulf Coast yesterday, where he criticized the Federal Emergency Management Agency's response to Hurricane Katrina.

But Pryor delayed proposing any solutions, saying that would have to wait until he and colleagues returned to Washington.

Pryor went to the region with other members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee.  They went to assess the state of the recovery nearly five months after Hurricane Katrina hit.

Pryor criticized the slow delivery of water and other basic necessities after the storm and the difficulties in communication.

FEMA spokeswoman Nicol Andrews acknowledged that the scope of the disaster overwhelmed the agency.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)