More Than 300 Mobile Homes to Aid Caruthersville

APRIL 25, 2006 - Posted at 1:34 p.m. CST

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO - FEMA has begun distributing mobile homes to give shelter to the hundreds of Caruthersville residents left homeless by a tornado earlier this month.

Fourteen mobile homes now dot Caruthersville neighborhoods torn apart by the April 2 twister.  Another 300 will soon be available.

The mobile homes are part of $1.8 million in federal assistance authorized by President Bush two days after the tornado struck the town of 6,700 residents.  About 60 percent of Caruthersville's buildings were damaged or destroyed.

At least 250 people in Caruthersville have applied for temporary housing.  The U.S. Small Business Administration is also authorizing disaster loans to home and business owners.

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