Large brown boxes piled outside City Hall
in Erath, Louisiana, at noon on Tuesday bore plain black-and-white labels
reading "Hurricane Cleanup and Recovery Kit."
Within minutes, all 50 boxes were gone
-- scooped up by the storm-worn but determined residents of this small
Vermilion Parish community. No amount of muck, mud, or mold was going to
keep these Louisiana folks from returning to homes that Hurricane Rita
had made uninhabitable.
But the risks inherent in those homecomings
have raised concern among environmental and community advocates who worry