Hearne expected to gain new jobs with FEMA relief site at airport

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HEARNE, Tex. (KBTX) - FEMA is setting up shop at the Hearne Municipal Airport. The federal agency is staging trailers, manufactured homes and portable housing that will help in the recovery effort for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Hearne's City Manager says several companies will be helping out and that could bring up to 100 new jobs.

On Thursday the Hearne Municipal Airport was staying busy with traffic but not from airplanes. It was ground traffic. Trucks hauling the manufactured homes and trailers are already filling the fields of the airport.

FEMA officials tell News 3 the homes will be inspected, undergo any needed repairs and then be sent to areas in Texas that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

Local residents we met with are excited to hear about the efforts and possibility of new jobs.

"As soon as it opens up or takes off I'm going to go out there and apply for a job, and hopefully be able to help out," said James Sapp of Hearne.

Sapp is looking for work himself.

"Well I think that will help out Hearne a lot job-wise," said Sapp. "A good thing is our community can reach out and help other communities. I think that would be great and help everybody out.".

He also believes it will be good for local residents.

"Having something right around here for those without transportation would be a great thing," Sapp added.

Other businesses in Hearne are seeing an increase in business. The Holiday Inn Express said many FEMA workers are staying there for several weeks. Down the street Stony's RV Park says they have had 10 new reservations in the last two days.

"We want our community to be able to chip in," said Sapp. "Help out and do what we can do to help those who may have been affected by the storm get on with their lives," said Sapp.

The city is expecting some of those companies to host local job fairs and hire as many people as they can. We will update the public know when those job fairs are scheduled.