Senators Visit Hope Today for Hearing on FEMA Mobile Homes

APRIL 21, 2006 - Posted at 3:55 p.m. CST

HOPE, AR - Democratic Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine have arrived in Hope this afternoon to discuss the stockpile of mobile homes at the Hope airport.

FEMA has more than 10,000 mobile homes at the airport.  They were brought there after Hurricane Katrina.  But most of the homes were not distributed.

FEMA spokesman John McDermott says there are still 10,112 mobile homes at the airport.  About 25 per day are being shipped out.  Some are being put to use in other disaster areas, including Marmaduke, which was devastated by an April 2 tornado.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)