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Whatever happened to all those FEMA trailers

Old 08-30-2017, 06:16 PM
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Default Whatever happened to all those FEMA trailers

I remember seeing some auctions after the people staying in them were finally removed.
Just curious whatever happened to them. If I remember there were thousands.
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There are likely tens of thousands packed into lots where the lot owner gets monthly storage $$ from the government to let them rot. 12 years after Katrina without any R&M, they are likely toast, and anybody that was put into one would have every right to sue for whatever ailments they got from mold/ critters, etc.

If you know your local Rep or Senator, you contribute to him and he makes sure that your lot stays full.

Go down back roads and you'll see trailer farms from time to time.
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Floyd and Fran trailers went through the NCState Surplus Auction.
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They are sitting at the back of RV lots in houston rotting away. I see them all the time.....hundreds
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Originally Posted by freedbaby View Post
They are sitting at the back of RV lots in houston rotting away. I see them all the time.....hundreds
There's probably some good satellite views on Google maps showing them.
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Jimmie E. Gates, The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger

JACKSON, Miss. — For several years after Hurricane Katrina, ads selling FEMA trailers were on the Internet and in publications.

At its peak, there were more than 45,000 temporary housing units provided to disaster survivors in Mississippi after Katrina, said Mary Langenbacker, a spokeswoman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s recovery office on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

“In response to Hurricane Katrina, FEMA conducted the largest housing operation in our country’s history,” Langenbacker said.

FEMA’s Katrina temporary housing mission ended in February 2012.

“One hundred percent of the housing units have been deactivated, and those households have moved on to more permanent housing,” Langenbacker said.

Hurricane Katrina's 'Brownie': Where is he now?
The government-issued trailers, brought to help the thousands left homeless by the storm, came with problems, however.

They were found to have elevated levels of formaldehyde. Classified as a carcinogen, formaldehyde can cause breathing problems.

Still, Shirley Acker of Pearlington said her family’s FEMA trailer was a “godsend.”

“The FEMA trailers were a blessing, even though we later found out about the formaldehyde,” Acker said. “They were convenient and comfortable. They were just somewhere to live comfortable until we got everything back into order. ... I had no problem with them. A lot of people said their eyes were burning, and they didn’t know what was going on. We were able to stay in them until we got our homes back going or we got new homes.”

The formaldehyde in the trailers led to lawsuits from some Katrina victims and a class-action settlement with manufacturers and some contractors who installed or maintained the trailers. Twenty-one FEMA trailer manufacturers agreed to pay a total of $14.8 million to resolve claims.

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After Katrina we bought a ton of them and flipped them but most are sitting away rotting. Think I gave like $6k a piece for them back then. Sold a ton at the car auctions and people stopping by wanting cheap housing/camper.
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Didn't some of them have formaldehyde and were deemed unfit to use.
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Originally Posted by joe.giuliano View Post
Didn't some of them have formaldehyde and were deemed unfit to use.
Yup. Read the link posted in reply #2
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I know a guy who would buy say 100 at a time and then sell them in 10 unit blocks. Then tat guy would sell them one at a time. A ton of money was made off those trailers...

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