The scramble continues for ways to provide shelter for the homeless and supplies to places where roads are barely passable in St. Lucie County on Florida’s Treasure Coast, according to TCPalm.com.
The coastal region around Stuart, Fla. suffered direct hits from Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne.
Federal agents were bringing 200 recreational vehicles into St. Lucie County for homeless residents, County Administrator Doug Anderson said. The RVs are being set up as temporary mobile-home parks in locations across St. Lucie.
Statewide, FEMA continued its relief efforts. In addition to 8,900 units reportedly already purchased by FEMA, RV industry sources indicate that a significant number of additional purchases of specially built, stripped-down FEMA units are in the works.
In St. Lucie County, a collection of government leaders from both cities and the county will help coordinate the effort. Anderson said the goal is to keep people from staying in condemned homes.
Also, even though classes are out, school buses are driving through neighborhoods, dropping off supplies instead of students.
Dubbed “Operation Yellow Bus,” four buses are driving into areas where flooding and debris have kept residents from going out and getting relief.
At one point, one bus was lined with Styrofoam and turned into a roving cooler, Anderson said.
The program visited mobile-home parks earlier this week. School District officials hope to make drops in other hard-hit areas on the mainland and Hutchinson Island.
Tarps for covering damaged roofs have arrived, but the total is less than half of the number requested.