Some FEMA trailers on the move to Texas

Published 9:57 pm Thursday, September 28, 2017

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mobile homes staged in Selma are being transported to Texas to assist Hurricane Harvey victims that had their homes flooded or destroyed.

The Mobile Housing Units (MHUs), which are stored on Selfield Road, have been moving out since at least Tuesday. Several semi-trucks pulling the homes could be seen leaving the site.

The storm, a Category 4 hurricane, made landfall on Aug. 25 and produced a record rainfall. Harvey flooded neighborhoods and damaged more than 210,700 homes in south Texas.

A FEMA spokesperson said Thursday the housing task force is in the process of identifying options for Harvey victims, which includes the mobile homes.

“One resource available to the state, upon the state’s request, that FEMA can provide is manufactured housing, to fill the intermediate housing needs of survivors,” the organization said in a statement.

According to FEMA, there are just over 1,400 mobile homes stored in Selma, including those that have already been transported to Texas.

“We continue to work with the states of Florida and Georgia to identify housing needs and housing solutions for survivors impacted by Hurricane Irma and Maria,” a FEMA spokesperson said.

The mobile homes are not manufactured in Selma.

They are built in accordance to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development standards and FEMA contract requirements, according to FEMA’s Temporary Housing fact sheet.

The units range from one to three bedrooms and are provided based on the applicant’s pre-disaster household.

FEMA could not provide information on how many mobile homes were being transported from the Selma site or when they started being sent to Texas.

The Associated Press reported earlier this month the damage caused by Harvey will cost around $11 billion in payouts to insured homeowners in southeast Texas, making the storm the second costliest storm in history of the deferral insurance program.

The Mobile Housing Units (MHUs), which are stored on Selfield Road, have been moving out since at least Tuesday. Several semi-trucks pulling the homes could be seen leaving the site.

The storm, a Category 4 hurricane, made landfall on Aug. 25 and produced a record rainfall. Harvey flooded neighborhoods and damaged more than 210,700 homes in south Texas.

A FEMA spokesperson said Thursday the housing task force is in the process of identifying options for Harvey victims, which includes the mobile homes.

“One resource available to the state, upon the state’s request, that FEMA can provide is manufactured housing, to fill the intermediate housing needs of survivors,” the organization said in a statement.

According to FEMA, there are just over 1,400 mobile homes stored in Selma, including those that have already been transported to Texas.

“We continue to work with the states of Florida and Georgia to identify housing needs and housing solutions for survivors impacted by Hurricane Irma and Maria,” a FEMA spokesperson said.

The mobile homes are not manufactured in Selma.

They are built in accordance to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development standards and FEMA contract requirements, according to FEMA’s Temporary Housing fact sheet.

The units range from one to three bedrooms and are provided based on the applicant’s pre-disaster household.

FEMA could not provide information on how many mobile homes were being transported from the Selma site or when they started being sent to Texas.

The Associated Press reported earlier this month the damage caused by Harvey will cost around $11 billion in payouts to insured homeowners in southeast Texas, making the storm the second costliest storm in history of the deferral insurance program.