Vacant FEMA mobile homes leaving Galveston

August 21, 2009 10:34:36 AM PDT
Vacant or never used mobile homes set up for emergency housing in Galveston months after Hurricane Ike are being removed. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said the last of 54 furnished homes were being trucked Friday from a school district field.

The homes were bound for a staging area in Jasper, about 170 miles northeast of Galveston.

FEMA in January, at the urging of Galveston leaders, leased the field for a temporary mobile home park for evacuees still in hotels because they had no other housing.

The Galveston County Daily News reported Friday that fewer than half of the mobile homes were inhabited since the site opened March 13.

FEMA spokeswoman Patricia Brock says Galveston County has one other remaining park serving Ike evacuees, with 39 occupied mobile homes at High Island.

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