The era of the FEMA trailer — a symbol of the prolonged rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina — might be drawing to a close in New Orleans, The Associated Press reported.
Citing the remaining 221 trailers as blight, New Orleans officials have told the last remaining residents to be out by early 2011 or face steep fines.
New Orleans once had more than 23,000 FEMA trailers, and for many people still living in them, they are akin to permanent homes. These residents say they will find it hard to make the city’s deadline. One resident says the city’s notice is “worthy of Ebenezer Scrooge himself.”
Holdouts could face fines of up to $500 a day. A city official says the city will be compassionate in considering each resident’s case but hope to have most trailers removed within three months.