New Orleans Moves to Get Rid of Last FEMA Trailers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Many travel trailers from government surplus are going up for auction in North Augusta. News 12 found mold, rotten wood, and warped wall in several of the units. There's no guarantee these units don't have formaldehyde danger like some of the trailers used to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. (May 19, 2010 / WRDW-TV)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The era of the FEMA trailer - a symbol of the
prolonged rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina - might be drawing to a
close in New Orleans.

Citing the remaining 221 trailers as blight, New Orleans
officials have told the last remaining residents to be out by the
start of 2011 or face steep fines.

New Orleans once had more than 23,000 FEMA trailers, and for
many people still living in them, they are akin to permanent homes.
These residents say they will find it hard to make the city's
deadline. One resident says the city's notice is "worthy of
Ebenezer Scrooge himself."

Holdouts could face fines of up to $500 a day. A city official
says the city will be compassionate in considering each resident's
case but hope to have most trailers removed within three months.

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