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.