Relief workers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency canvassed Atlantic City neighborhoods Thursday to help people affected by Hurricane Sandy.

It is unclear why FEMA started work in Atlantic City before officials rescind mandatory evacuation orders that cleared out local casino guests and workers, plus all but about 7,500 of nearly 40,000 residents. Most evacuees have since been prevented or severely limited from returning by travel restrictions still in place.

Region II Spokesman Dick Gifford said he would provide information on strategy and other details, including how the agency expects to say and the timing and specifics of available aid for residents, later today.

The agency asks that anyone seeking assistance contact 1-800-621-FEMA or go online