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Devastated town bans emergency shelters…

I don’t really like the looks of mobile homes either, but banning their use as an emergency shelter after the tornado disaster? That’s just ridiculous.

Scores of homes, businesses and city buildings were destroyed or damaged by the time the winds died down. Nearly every red-brick storefront was whacked along Main Street, which is now deserted and blocked by a chain-link fence.

Residents whose homes were destroyed assumed they would be able to live in one of the hundreds of long, skinny mobile homes that FEMA is providing as temporary housing for tornado victims. After all, the Cordova Police Department, a pharmacy, a bank and City Hall all have moved into similar trailers since the storm.

But the city enacted a law three years ago that bans the type of mobile homes provided by FEMA, called single-wide trailers. Older single-wide mobile homes were grandfathered in under the law and double-wide mobile homes are still allowed, Scott said, but new single-wides aren’t allowed and a tornado isn’t any reason to change the law, even temporarily.


(Thanks to my cuz Samantha O for pointing this out)


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  1. gordon says:

    That is stupid beyond words. I’d think that when FEMA steps in and provides emergency housing that it is ultra vires to the city’s law. Presumably, FEMA’s housing is a stop-gap measure until new permanent housing is built, at which point the emergency housing would be taken away.

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