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Thursday, 05 October 2017 17:59

Trailers to House Storm Victims Are Here, but No One's in Them

(TNS) — A week after the first travel trailers to house displaced hurricane victims arrived in the Keys, they remain in storage in Key West with no apparent immediate plan to get people in them.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management said in a statement Tuesday that “the temporary housing units in Monroe County are staged in Key West for just-in-time delivery to ensure that empty units are not sitting in the public eye. As for a timetable, it is ongoing. As pads become available and survivors are approved by FEMA, we are then able to match them.”

On Sept. 18, Gov. Rick Scott, speaking in Marathon, estimated that about 10,000 of the Keys’ 75,000 or so residents were left homeless by Hurricane Irma, which hit the islands as a Category 4 Sept. 9 into 10.