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Caruthersville, MO- Rebecca Smith Reports

Storm Victims Recount Living In FEMA Trailers

Pemiscot County- Mary Johnson lived to tell the story of surviving the wrath of nature, but what used to be her home is now just a pile of rubble littering her backyard.

"All the noise, I jumped back in that closet and I just stayed in there and closed the door and me and God we had a good conversation," said Johnson.

She's like so many in the town of Caruthersville, who've spent months trying to rebuild their homes after a tornado touched down in their neighborhood in April 2006.

Joyce Gibson has also made progress on fixing her home, which was at one time just a foundation with a few walls.

She says living in a FEMA trailer for the few months she did was not a pleasant experience.

"We unfortunately got one that leaked and I knew it was leaking in there and I didn't know where it was leaking from. We could have gotten electrocuted right there in the middle of the bed there," said Gibson.

Ms. Gibson says the leaking problem in her trailer was never taken care of.

"When it was raining I guess they were all off duty. So, I never got anyone to look at it," she said.

Ms. Gibson's story is like many others in the Town of Caruthersville, who say their stint in temporary housing felt like an eternity.

"The house was not have supposed to have been delivered. They told me they would get me another one. That notion dissappeared somewhere down the line," said Clarissa Wilburn.

The remaining FEMA trailers will be removed Mon., Tues. and Wed. of this week.


Questions or Comments? E-mail me at rsmith@kait8.com

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