Skip to comments.FEMA emergency homes destroyed by the elements (UNUSED trailers)
Posted on 11/15/2006 7:43:40 AM PST by FourPeas
NEW ORLEANS Hundreds of modular homes meant for hurricane victims were damaged beyond repair while unused and unprotected from weather.The Federal Emergency Management Agency bought the homes as emergency housing for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.Katrina slammed the Gulf coast in August of 2005.Rita came ashore in southeast Texas the following month.The failure to protect the homes from the sun and rain while they were in storage was outlined in a report by the Homeland Security Department's inspector general.FEMA says many sat unused for months at an Army depot in Texarkana, Texas, because of restrictions on where such homes could be erected.A June inventory had nearly 18-hundred homes at the site.FEMA put the total damage to homes both salvageable and unsalvageable at five (M) million dollars.
Abolish FEMA. It's every man for himself.
Uh, who bought those homes?
Your tax dollars at w...
5 million dollars. More than 500 Americans taxes for an entire year wasted.
How does a mobile home get destroyed by the weather in a little over a year?
Tornado? (Mater: I'm happier than a tornado in a trailer park.)
None of these come with a warrenty? I guess they dont make trailer homes like they used to. Katrina wasn't that long ago. How can they be so damaged by rain and sun in that short of a time period? I was under the impression trailor homes were built to be outside. They can't be that damaged.
Yeah, I was thinking the same thing.
Houses that can't be kept outside?
This beyond stupid, especially if they were those modular homes that were being distributed by Lowes. They were great looking houses.
Louisiana couldn't get past the red-taped bureaucracy enough to give people the houses. The whole state can stop whining now. I don't want to hear about the poor "victims" who were left homeless.
You mean these "homes" can't handle sun and rain and they were going to be used in Louisiana?
You read it the same way I did. The darn things were built for outdoors weren't they? So how could not protecting them from sun and weather be a bad thing? Sure would make storage expensive if homes had to be stored indoors.
The article also mentioned "modular", which in my world, is a step up from mobile in construction and materials. I'm lost, and the next subject is the idiocy involved in not using them in the first place instead of arguing the disaster possibilities of having them in use in the south.
That many trailer homes put together would be a huge tornado magnet.
If it's a cheap piece of crap lowest bidder government mobile home.
"Tornado? (Mater: I'm happier than a tornado in a trailer park.)"
At least read the article lead-in. "The failure to protect the homes from the sun and rain while they were in storage...." The builders of these trailers should be investigated. I've built birdhouses that lasted for years. Why can't a professionally-built trailer last more than a year?
It's a good thing no one was in any of them.
Wonder what they will do with these homes now? They could give them away to the really needy people who are more appreciative. I am sure someone would love to have a new trailer home. I have 5 acres in 2 different states that could use a home or 2 on them. I would be very appreciative of the contribution. lol
This sounds like some Democrat has figured a way to "condemn" these homes then sell them for a tidy profit.
These are shipped in two pieces. Until they are installed, the interior is only protected by a sheet of plastic.
If these are modular homes, they come in 2 sections, one side would be open and covered only with plastic. They don't get put together until set on property and closed up. It is most possible that they were damaged by sun and rain.
We used to drive by that storage lot when traveling back and forth to Houston. My husband predicted this.
hehehe... beat me to it!
I will never forget the big quake out here and the Governor suspending all the red tape bs to get the freeways repaired and rebuilt in record time.
The darn homes were for temporary housing, it's not like they were going to be at a particular place permanently so what's with the regulations and power mad idiots with their 'we won't let you put it here, or there, or over there, and certainly not at that spot'
I need a home right now, i'd take one, but not one that can't be outside. I need a place that can be left outside in the sun and the rain.
I doubt they are that damaged. I certainly don't see it being anything that can't be fixed. We have rental property and some of our houses are refurbished mobile homes. They can be very nice and are often far better and safer than older homes that are bought for rental property.
I would like to know who is claiming them to be too damaged to use and what their expertise is.
Where were the plastic patrol and what were they doing to protect the homes?
Modular houses are built in controlled environments under the factory roof and are shipped in weather-proofed wrapping. Guess they forgot to use the weather Proofed Wrap.
"this sounds like some Democrat has figured a way to "condemn" these homes then sell them for a tidy profit."
That's what I was thinking. I wonder what they consider to be "too damaged" to use. We had two rental mobiles make it through hurricane Rita. They needed repairs but nothing major. Of course they weren't hit directly by the storm, but still survived 100+ mph winds and bickets of rain.
bickets=buckets (spellcheck is my friend)
The floors can get ruined and I know because I went to visit a friend who lived in a mobile home and I went to use the restroom but fell through the floor right in front of the toilet. He fixed that whole a couple days later with a $15 piece of plywood.
Wow that must have been a surprise for you. My point is they usually can be fixed and your friend fixed the problem he had. It bothers me that they are sitting there just rotting.
I get a 404 Page Not Fount at that link.
Mobile homes are MADE to sit outside in the sun and rain. They are not the most durable things in the world, but they are supposed to be out in the weather and should last for quite a few years before much maintenance is needed.
Only a FEMA bureaucrat could figure out a way to wreck them so quickly. I wonder how in hell they managed it? Left all the windows and doors open? Set them down in the mud? I hate to think.
You're right they shouldn't be sitting there getting damaged in any way but to mark them off as total losses is a bit exaggerated.
On the DHS webpage, type "modular" in the search blank. Scroll down three or four to the .pdf titled "Administrative report..."
Here is the information from DHS:
The Trimarro modular homes, however, have not been adequately protected from the weather during storage and have suffered significant damage. FEMA purchased Pre-Fab Homes from Trimarro Homes, Inc. of Dyersville, Iowa, for $5,415,0001. Unlike the Quick Quarters and the Cogim units, the Trimarro homes did not have protective containers. The torn and deteriorating remnants of tarps that we observed on the Trimarro units suggest they were once covered, but, at the time of our visit, they were uncovered and exposed to the weather. New staff have taken over the operation of the Texarkana site and were trying to cover the modular homes with tarps. FEMA officials advised us that tarps have been replaced several times because temperatures at Texarkana often exceed 100 degrees and the UV sunrays and rain had destroyed the tarps. However, the damage has already been done. The cardboard containers for the components, such as toilets and fittings, have deteriorated in the open weather and some of the framing and wood components of the structures have warped and may not be salvagable. In addition, the contents and components of some of the modular homes were disordered and re-sorting the components to form complete units may be necessary. FEMA officials said that the disorderliness was due to the manufacturers packaging. They said that neither a manufacturers representative nor a FEMA contracting official was present during the delivery of the components.
Many of the Trimarro modular homes were damaged beyond economical repair and will have to be written-off. In discussions with FEMA logistics officials, they concurred with our assessment and estimated that only about 75% of the Trimarro modular homes can still be used, which would translate into approximately $1.25 to $1.5 million worth of Trimarro modular homes lost to damage during storage.
The DuraKit modular homes were also damaged. FEMA purchased Pre-Fab homes from DuraKit Shelters of Bradford, Ontario, Canada for $13,005,000.2 Although more tightly packaged than the Trimarro homes, the DuraKit homes were not shipped in protective containers. The DuraKit homes were once covered with tarps, which have since deteriorated and blown off, leaving the units exposed to the weather and susceptible to damage. The extent of the damage and suitability for repairs will become clear when the homes are assembled. On July 27, 2006, FEMA logistics officials estimated that 85% of the DuraKit modular homes can still be used. Thus, FEMA may have lost about $1.75 to $2.0 million worth of DuraKit modular homes to damage during storage.
FEMAs modular homes were not properly protected, as we recommended, and as a consequence, the losses may amount to $3 to $4 million. FEMA officials correctly pointed out that loss estimates are speculative until the construction of the homes is attempted. FEMA logistics officials told us that most modular home units are shipped with the expectation that they will be assembled when they arrive at their destination. Once they are assembled, the structure of the home protects the components from the elements. FEMA logistics officials told us that storing the units outside, covered with tarps, was not effective, especially with the storms, rain, and flooding that Texarkana has experienced while the modular homes were stored there.
That wrap is not meant to be a permanent solution! It will last some time, but not forever.
There are lots of reasons why these homes just stood empty and that's a shame. Government, state, local, federal, all of them, seem to do a great job of wasting our hard earned tax dollars.
"If these are modular homes, they come in 2 sections, one side would be open and covered only with plastic. They don't get put together until set on property and closed up. It is most possible that they were damaged by sun and rain."
You're right on the money. I saw a report on the news and that's exactly what happened.
I just wanted an excuse to use the line from the movie, Cars. The kids have been playing the video here non stop.
They are selling them now on www.gsaauctions.gov for the amazing bid of $752,000 they are posted as item #71FMPI07275001 in Texas. Amazing!