As floodwaters surge in areas of several states hard-hit by Hurricane Irene, authorities are struggling to assess damage and rebuild roads and bridges in the aftermath of the storm.
Local recovery and response efforts come amid concerns over FEMA funding. The agency's disaster relief fund has less than $800 million remaining and could run out before the end of the current fiscal year on September 30.
Ali Velshi speaks with FEMA administrator Craig Fugate about the agency's finances and relief efforts today on American Morning.
"We want to make sure we have enough money to go to the fiscal year and we're doing our job to get ready for this and other disasters but we are focused on the immediate response," Fugate says.
"In the country I grew up in, Americans come to Americans' help in crisis. We've always done it. We'll continue to do it," Fugate continued. "We're working hard as a team. The president and everybody else is working hard to support these states and the local communities impacted."