Galveston (Texas) City Council members Thursday (Jan. 28) extended the deadline through July 9 for Hurricane Ike victims living in Federal Emergency Management Agency mobile homes and privately owned trailers and recreational vehicles.
The move came despite reservations about allowing displaced residents to live in those temporary structures into a second hurricane season. Hurricane season officially begins June 1, according to the Galveston County Daily News.
Galveston County already had extended the deadline from March 12 to July 9 after FEMA granted the state’s request to extend the deadline a month ago.
More than 100 families still are living in FEMA trailers in Galveston, and scores of other islanders still are living in private trailers as they await federal disaster recovery dollars to repair and rebuild their houses.
Families still living in FEMA mobile homes are on a fast track for getting their houses repaired under the recovery program funded by $104 million in round-one community development block grant money, but the construction likely won’t start until April, city officials have said.
The new deadline also applies to temporary storage units.