Senate Passes Bill to Move FEMA Trailers from Hope

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that forces the Federal Emergency Management Agency to come up with a plan to remove thousands of trailers from the Hope Municipal Airport. The bill was sponsored by Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor. It was unanimously approved Friday.

Nearly 20,000 mobile homes and travel trailers are stored at Hope, where many have been since Hurricane Katrina struck three years ago. FEMA has more than 100,000 mobile homes and travel trailers in storage throughout the country, and many of the homes are unusable because of mold and other damage, Pryor said.

The plan requires FEMA to decide within nine months whether to use, store, sell or throw away the housing units Hope and other storage sites. But the bill, passed by the Senate during the last hours of the congressional session, is unlikely to be passed by the House before Congress adjourns.

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