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Mike Grimmer, president of Livingston Parish in Louisiana, has ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) contractor to stop putting trailers housing hurricane evacuees on private lots without going through proper procedures, according to The Advocate, Baton Rouge.
Last week, Tangipahoa Parish officials put a 45-day moratorium on placing travel trailers in the parish, complaining that FEMA has ignored the parish’s ordinances.
Grimmer said he has no problem with a single trailer being put next to a home so a person’s displaced relatives can live there temporarily. He is concerned, however, with creating unapproved trailer parks that don’t offer proper sewage facilities and where the landowner might rent out the trailers.
Tangipahoa Parish officials said they have encountered problems with groups of trailers being put on private sites that don’t have parish permits.
FEMA wants to work with parishes to get past these moratoriums so it can provide places for displaced people to live, said James McIntyre, FEMA external affairs officer. FEMA intends to honor local ordinances and codes, he said.
Sometimes subcontractors “make bad placements,” McIntyre said, but added that he doesn’t want those instances to stop a good program.
Grimmer said he told Fluor, FEMA’s contractor, to stop putting travel trailers on private lots in the parish until the contractor can discuss its procedures with the Livingston Parish Council at its next meeting on Nov. 28.
Mario Machrone, district manager for Fluor, said the contractor was abiding by the request.
About 20 travel trailers have been installed on private lots in the Livingston Parish, Machrone said, and more than 200 more have been requested.