Monday, July 23, 2007

Sabine Pass FEMA Trailers


Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise

Sabine Pass resident Phyllis Almond is optimistic about purchasing her trailer in the Sabine Pass community on Wednesday, July 11, 2007. FEMA decided to allow some residents to purchase Hurricane Rita-related travel trailers for a fraction of market value.


Video © Mark M. Hancock / NewsEagles.com

Sabine Pass, Texas took the direct hit from Hurricane Rita on Sept. 24, 2005. The community was completely destroyed. FEMA eventually issued travel trailers as temporary housing until homes were rebuilt. Most residents still live in these trailers pending the completion of their homes.

FEMA officials recently decided to allow these residents to purchase the trailers for pennies on the dollar. The offer was so good that almost every FEMA trailer resident purchased the trailers.

Some will continue to live in the trailers. Others will use them for camping. All want the security of a place to store and haul their belongings when another hurricane approaches and, if necessary, a familiar place to call home.

2 comments:

newsphotoken said...

Mark,

Read our Saturday cover story:
http://www.madisoncourier.com/main.asp?SectionID=4&SubSectionID=253&ArticleID=37868&TM=78424.9


Have you all had any reports of heath problems from the trailers?

Do the buyers know the risks?

Ken

Mark M. Hancock said...

The buyers know the risks. It's posted on the FEMA Web site and explained in detail through our paper and by FEMA.
It only took a few minutes of smelling post-hurricane meat juice to realize we all took huge risks cleaning up after the hurricane.