FEMA to Move Trailers From Hope to Aid Tornado Victims

April 16, 2006 - Posted at 12:09 p.m. CST

HOPE, Ark. (AP) _ Some of those thousands of mobile homes stored

at the Hope Airport should be heading for northeast Arkansas

tomorrow. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it plans to

move some of the homes stored at Hope to house victims of tornadoes

in northeastern Arkansas.

More than ten-thousand trailers have been stored at the Hope

airport. They were intended for survivors of hurricanes Katrina and

Rita. But most of the trailers have sat unused since the storms

struck last summer. FEMA officials now say they expect to move

about 100 of the mobile homes to Marmaduke over the next few weeks,

where more than 750 people lost their homes in an April Second

tornado. The homes will be staged in a vacant field along Highway


President Bush has issued a disaster declaration for seven

Arkansas counties struck by the tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.

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