FEMA Trailers to be Auctioned

The General Services Administration has put a single lot of 484 FEMA trailers at the Lumberton staging area up for bid. The auction ends Friday.

The trailers were used as temporary housing in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

In recent weeks, GSA auctioned 483 trailers from a staging area in Carnes in Forrest County, and another 494 trailers from the Hickory Grove staging area in Lumberton.

Last month, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials estimated that about 30,000 trailers remained at five local staging areas.

The auctions are part of the process to reduce FEMA's inventory of the trailers, which came under scrutiny after high levels of formaldehyde were found in many and storm victims complained the dwellings sickened them.


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  • by itsabouttime Location: SOUTH on Oct 14, 2009 at 07:51 AM
    THEY ARE NOT JUNK...THEY ARE BUILT OUT OF THE SAME MATERIALS AS ANY OTHER RV.THIS WAS NOT A FEMA PROBLEM,IT WAS A NATURAL PROBLEM WHEN YOU HAVE NEW PLASTIC PRODUCTS IN AN ENCLOSED AREA. GO TO ANY MOBLE HOME LOT AND LOOK INSIDE THERE IS A WARNING ABOUT FORMALDEHYDE.THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD HAVE NEVER BOUGHT THESE TRAILERS JUST BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE CANT TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES. AND THEN SUE BECAUSE THEY GOT SICK.PROBABLY DUE TO OVER EX POSER DUE TO NOT WORKING SITTING AT HOME AND LIVING OFF THE GOVERNMENT,HEY ITS THE OBAMA WAY!!!!!!!
  • by b Location: meridian on Oct 14, 2009 at 06:23 AM
    I have been to one of these auctions recently and very few are "pieces of junk." Actually some showed no signs of use and were brand new.
  • by James on Oct 14, 2009 at 06:18 AM
    The problem as I understand is that they were never intended to be lived in for an extended period of time...someone correct me if I'm wrong.
  • by mm Location: philly on Oct 14, 2009 at 06:12 AM
    sure bet people did not think they were a piece of junk when they needed them and had no homes. of course some people would complain anyway.
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Oct 13, 2009 at 05:56 PM
    I'll bet you have to sign a release of liability to FEMA if you buy one. They ought to burn the pieces of junk.
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