Pryor Proposal Would Loosen Regulations, Speed FEMA Mobile Home Delivery

MARCH 1, 2006 - Posted at 4:18 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Senator Mark Pryor said today that he's introducing legislation to make it easier for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to place mobile homes in floodplains.

The bill stems from the situation at the Hope Municipal Airport, where about 10,600 mobile homes are being stored.

The mass of homes has become a target for critics who say the agency needs to speed up the delivery to people whose homes were damaged or destroyed in Hurricane Katrina six months ago.

But FEMA officials have said their hands are tied because of lack of agreements with parish officials in Louisiana to set up sites for the trailers and because of regulations that prevent the homes from being placed in floodplains.

Pryor's bill would provide an emergency relaxation of the rules, making it easier for FEMA to place the trailers in an area that could be flooded.

The text of the bill says FEMA couldn't be sued for any damage that resulted.

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