FEMA Finally Begins Moving Trailers from Hope Airport

FEBRUARY 23, 2006 - Posted at 8:12 a.m. CST

HOPE, AR - Six months after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is moving about 400 of the thousands of mobile homes that have sat empty and unused in southwest Arkansas.

Nearly 11,000 mobile homes sit at the Hope Municipal Airport, where they've been since not long after Katrina hit the New Orleans area August 29.  Thousands of people remain in temporary shelters from the storm that caused tens of billions of dollars in property damage.

FEMA spokeswoman Nicole Andrews says the agency is moving some of the trailers to existing commercial mobile home parks in Louisiana.  Arkansas Congressman Mike Ross, whose district includes Hope, has repeatedly asked that the trailers be moved to those who need them.  Ross said yesterday that while he is pleased to see an effort to move the trailers, 400 homes "barely scratches the surface."

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