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Fort Pierce, Fla., residents whose homes were deemed uninhabitable after hurricanes Frances and Jeanne will get some relief from the city, county, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, according to the Fort Pierce Tribune.
Thirty-six travel trailers have been set up by the agencies in the parking lot of the Fort Pierce Housing Authority.
The tally of condemned homes in the city might reach 2,500, said Fort Pierce Community Development Director Patti Tobin. However, the number of displaced residents is going to be hard to predict because some of the homes belong to seasonal residents who have not yet arrived, she said.
“We’re not sure what our needs are,” Tobin said.
In addition to the housing authority parking lot, other travel-trailer sites will be designated, said John Franklin, housing manager for St. Lucie County.
Franklin said the city and county have waived all restrictions to accommodate the trailers. He was hoping for a three- to four-day turnaround to get families into the trailers.
“We’re just now starting to see daylight. We’ve had to make some quick decisions,” Franklin said.
There were issues with placing the travel trailers in mobile-home parks, he said, because insurance companies have been slow to assess damaged mobile homes, and RV parks were booked for seasonal residents.