A month later, Ala. survivors still in shelters

By Jay Reeves

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, May 26 2011 1:15 p.m. MDT

In Tuscaloosa, Lambert has had all he can take of shelter life. Bus fare finally in hand because of the kindness of a church donor, he is going to Guntersville, where he intends to stay with an aunt and uncle in a plantation-style home.

"You've still got players in here, people playing the system, complaining about everything," he said.

A few miles away, Flora and Michael Thomas are living in their home despite losing power, part of the roof and some windows because, they said, FEMA denied them help for temporary housing.

For all the damage to their neighborhood and the three deaths that occurred just down the street, they prefer their flawed house to a shelter.

"I can adapt," said Thomas, sitting by the open front door on a hot day. "There ain't nothing like your own space."

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