FEMA Allows Irene Victims To Remain In Trailers

Those Hurricane Irene victims who are still living in FEMA trailers will not have to vacate them by April 1st.

Pamlico County Manager Tim Buck tells WITN News that he was informed this morning on the decision.

Pamlico County has sent a letter to Federal FEMA Coordinator Doug Hoell requesting the agency reconsider its decision not to allow appeals to the deadline.

FEMA now says they will allow flood victims to remain in the units until they have completed repairs on their damaged homes.


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Hurricane Irene victims living in temporary FEMA housing have until April first to move out, and that deadline is not sitting well with one county.

Pamlico County has sent a letter to Federal FEMA Coordinator Doug Hoell requesting the agency reconsider its decision not to allow appeals to the deadline.

The letter, dated February 22 and signed by County Manager Timothy Buck, says progress is being made, but recovery efforts have proven slow. He says a volunteer group is expected in May to to help with 200 project homes with priority given to people living in FEMA units.

FEMA says when individuals were placed in temporary housing they were given the April first deadline, and signed documents that said they could only stay until April first.


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  • by Boco Location: BOCO on Mar 2, 2012 at 04:28 AM
    What about the people in Beaufort County they already put out? Several in Pamlico Beach.
  • by me Location: raleigh on Mar 1, 2012 at 09:39 PM
    Some people have turned in the trailers already.Those things suck up electricity.Who wants to pay 300.00 dollars a month for electric when on a fixed income.I think they were designed to use extra electicity,to get you out faster.Though they were needed,and did help.
  • by JC Location: Greenville on Mar 1, 2012 at 06:26 PM
    Just wait till the Goverment is running health care!
  • by Joy Location: Hobucken on Mar 1, 2012 at 03:36 PM
    As a former flood victim, I know first hand how long it takes to get straightened out. From the moment we were flooded during Isabel in 2003, it took 9 months of struggleing with insurance co, FEMA, contractors, and weather, ect. to finally get our lives back in order. Sure there are people who take advantage of the government, but I know first hand that most of these people are working their butts off to get back home. So before you go giving your negative opinions about kicking people out, why don't you come here and see first hand what is going on. You will see hard working, honest, people who have never dreamed of taking a dime from the government until now. I am very thankful for the continued help for my wonderful neighbors!
  • by Russ Location: Henderson on Mar 1, 2012 at 11:34 AM
    How many generations does it take to get off of government aid?
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      by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2012 at 02:21 PM in reply to Russ
      Count your blessing that you are not one of the people that lost everything and need one of the trailers.
  • by Kick em out! on Mar 1, 2012 at 11:11 AM
    They will stay as long as they gov will give them handouts. Look at Katina!
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      by Joy on Mar 1, 2012 at 03:45 PM in reply to Kick em out!
      Most of these people are on there way to being out of the trailers as quick as possible! Would you rather stay in a tiny trailer or in your home? What would you do if this ever happened to your whole community? 90% of the homes in my area were flooded. Where should they go while fixing their home? I know someone that their whole family was flooded. I'm talking grandparents on both side, mothers house, fathers house, their own house. It is truly overwhelming!
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      by Donna on Mar 2, 2012 at 04:11 AM in reply to Kick em out!
      Really?? I hope you are never in this position. A lot of these folks lost almost everything they have worked an entire lifetime for. And FEMA expects them to be "back to normal" in just 6 months?? Unbelievable!!And have you actually seen one of these trailers? I've seen storage sheds nicer than these. But the folks living in them don't complain. They are grateful to have a roof over their heads until they can get their homes repaired & move back in. You are an idiot. Oh and it's Katrina...not Katina.
  • by taxman Location: wilson on Feb 23, 2012 at 02:24 PM
    let 'em use the trailer as they really need a place to live....the county-state could be charged a nominal amount as a way to help out its own citizens.
  • by Uncle Sam Location: U.S.A. on Feb 23, 2012 at 11:23 AM
    Once again the government is kicking the most needy when they are down.It is true that the last of the trailers sent to Katrina victims were just recently moved,that's after the government went and rebuilt houses there.For FEMA to even mention for these people to get out after this short amount of time is ludicrous,give these people the time,and respect they deserve.
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      by shonuff on Mar 1, 2012 at 12:41 PM in reply to Uncle Sam
      Get used to it. Going to happen more and more, by and by. Between the rich (elitist) and the government..which most in politics are rich they are going to be the death of all the poor and middle class.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2012 at 02:21 PM in reply to Uncle Sam
      What did you expect from our govt. to do to their own citizens? Now if they were living in another country, the USA govt. would have built them all new houses by now.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 at 09:30 AM
    Pamlico certainly needs the help, I am down there often conducting business. With that said, expect FEMA to extend the deadline, because the only thing that will effect this decision is politics, and Obama needs this state bad, so he will use FEMA to help buy it. Expect press conferences from him as well!
  • by Peggy Location: Hobucken, NC on Feb 23, 2012 at 08:55 AM
    I want to be out of the trailer more than I can say. But my husband and I are very thankful for the use of it in our time of need but with that being said, they just moved the last FEMA trailer out from Hurrican Katrina and how long ago was that storm? Is that area better than our area? What's the difference? You have to keep in mind that Pamlico County is a rural area with a very high percentage of damage and limited by who will come down this way to help as far as contractors go. It was not easy to get estimates or workers in this area. Since my husband was in the construction field he called in favors to get help. Not everyone is that fortunate. Although six months seems like a long time,and it is to be out of your home, but on the "contractor" calendar, six months goes mighty fast. There are delays in materials, workers, weather, etc and time keeps going forward. And for sure there were alot of insurance companies that were not in any hurry to settle claims either.
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      by Joy on Mar 1, 2012 at 03:48 PM in reply to Peggy
      Amen! You tell it! People who have no idea what people are going through are so quick to offer their oppinion!
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        by Karen on Mar 1, 2012 at 04:37 PM in reply to Joy
        Right on Joy tell them
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