Maria Morillon would like nothing more than to be able to move back into her home. But it may be some time before that happens. Her small two-bedroom house in the colonia known as Del Mar Heights is currently crowded with four other family members: her 83-year-old mother, her 11-year-old nephew who is cared for by her mother, her pregnant 19-year-old daughter and her daughter's 3-year-old child.
Morillon, meantime, has moved into a friend's RV with her 8-year-old son. She pays $190 a month for rent and utilities.
Morillon is one of possibly thousands of south Texas residents who have, or will, fall through the federal government's safety net designed to help those impacted by Hurricane Dolly. The storm roared into Texas July 23 as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 100 mph.
Since then, she and others affected by the storm say they have largely been forgotten as attention first shifted to Hurricane Gustav and New Orleans and now to Hurricane Ike.