Women of the Storm to Lobby Capitol Hill Wednesday

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ More than 130 Women of the Storm will be in Washington, DC today to lobby Congress.

The women in January drew attention to the victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita with their blue umbrellas -- based on the ubiquitous blue roof tarps -- and their appeal for disaster aid.

Myrna Conner, the only Cameron Parish resident in the group, says her home in east Creole was destroyed by Hurricane Rita. She says all that was left was the porch slab and the flagpole.

She also lost many of her cattle but managed to save 14.

Conner is living in a FEMA trailer in upper Cameron Parish, but hopes to soon move into a doublewide mobile home.

The group will return tonight on a charter flight.

Women of the Storm is a nonpolitical alliance of Louisiana women whose families, businesses and lives were affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.