FEMA To Move Trailers to Arkansas Despite CDC Warning

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it will distribute mobile homes to victims of last week's tornadoes in Arkansas and Tennessee, despite a health warning about high formaldehyde levels.

FEMA spokesman James McIntyre says the agency will begin to process mobile homes stored at an Arkansas airport for distribution to victims of the February 5 storms.  McIntyre said FEMA will not be "putting anything on hold."

In Atlanta earlier Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in some trailers, the levels were nearly 40 times normal exposure levels.  The CDC urged that Gulf Coast hurricane victims living in government-owned trailers move out.

A FEMA official said earlier this week that the mobile homes to be used for tornado victims are safe.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)