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    Post: FEMA and Moldy Trailers

    Posted by Mike B. on 11/21/07

    Here's one for those who are considering buying FEMA

    MONROE(TV8) -Earlier this month, a TV8 News special
    investigation uncovered a design flaw on the vast majority
    of FEMA mobile homes in the gulf coast region. We reported
    that the flaw may lead to a build up of potientally toxic
    levels of mold.

    Tonight, a follow up: TV8's Stephen Mayer finds FEMA has
    been selling these design-flawed mobiles homes to the
    public, in spite of shocking test results from house
    trailers right here in Ouachita Parish.

    Since our report, building science expert Bobby Parks
    examined the inside of walls for two mobile homes located
    at the Double K Estate in Ouachita Parish. his results are

    Parks explains, "What we found was the wall cavities were
    anywhere from 10-30,000 times higher on one specific mold
    spore than what was found on the outside. This is very
    indicative of a wall that is exposed to an elevated level
    of moisture."

    What may be more stunning is the fact that FEMA is trying
    to sell these homes to unsuspecting residents.

    FEMA's website says it has temporarily suspended the sale
    of travel trailers and mobile homes until further notice.

    But just last week, Leon Andrews, who lives in a FEMA
    trailer at the Double K Estate trailer park, received a fax
    from FEMA, offering to sell him the three-bedroom mobile
    home for $9,750. This, even though testing found its walls
    contaminated with mold, which Parks says poses a potential
    health risk.

    Parks says, "Young children that have weak immune systems
    to start with have not built up yet, elderly people who
    have respiratory compromises become very susceptible to
    what is called a sick building syndrome."

    But FEMA spokesman Ronnie Simpson told TV8 News mold can
    form in any housing structure.

    Simpson says, "Mold and moisture and humidity I mean they
    are all related. Certainly when it comes to housing it is
    not an unusual thing to find."

    FEMA's offer tells Andrews a representative from its
    housing sales office would contact him to arrange a closing
    date to finalize the purchase of the housing unit.

    FEMA's spokesman says the agency is just trying to provide
    more permanent housing for displaced residents.

    Simpson says,"If in fact it is fine for us to sell them we
    want to know who would like to buy them. The sales program
    is a very small part of what we do to help recovering
    families move on to some permanent housing."

    And, to recoup some of the money the federal government has
    spent on what Bobby Parks says are design-flawed mobile

    If you live in a travel trailer or mobile home and suspect
    there may be mold problems, call the fema travel trailer
    hotline toll-free at 888 294 2822.

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