Mississippi FEMA trailer occupancy below 4,000

Published 4:28 pm Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The governor’s office says the total number of occupied travel trailers provided by the federal government has dropped below 4,000 in Mississippi’s three Coastal counties slammed by Hurricane Katrina.

The office said that as of June 27, the FEMA trailer inventory stood at 3,690, compared with the 9,137 units identified in January 2008.

Gov. Haley Barbour said in a statement that the decline in trailers is a good indicator of the overall recovery effort. He said it means a significant number of the displaced families have found safer, more livable housing.

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There were some 30,000 FEMA trailers in Harrison, Hancock and Jackson counties in the days after the August 2005 hurricane.