LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Thousands of trailers that were
purchased by FEMA after hurricanes tore through the Gulf Coast in
2005 may finally be put to use.
Officials say some of the more than 7,000 trailers being stored
at an Arkansas airport will "definitely" be used in Arkansas and
Tennessee, to house victims of last week's tornadoes.
The decision follows request from state officials and by the
congressional delegation from Arkansas. In the past, that
delegation has criticized the trailers as a sign of federal
ineptitude after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
After Katrina hit, the Federal Emergency Management Agency
bought 25,000 manufactured homes built at a cost of more than 850
million dollars. Many of them went unused, as many hurricane
victims remained homeless. In all, FEMA has about 75,000 trailers
and mobile homes in various locations around the country.
Last week, 12 people were killed along one tornado path in
Arkansas. Nationally, 59 people died in the storms that lashed five