2011-10-06 / Local & State

Gas Boom Means Little Space For Pa. Flood Victims

By Michael Rubinkam
ASSOCIATED PRESS

TUNKHANNOCK, Pa. (AP) – Many Pennsylvania residents displaced by last month's flooding from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee are having a tough time finding affordable housing because workers in the area's natural gas drilling boom have filled nearly every room.

Flood victims say available units are few, and federal disaster assistance doesn't come close to paying the rent on the scattered vacancies that do exist.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it will provide temporary trailers as a last resort to residents who qualify. The first batch of about 250 has been approved.

Kim Eastwood's home was severely damaged more than three weeks ago by record flooding. Since then, she has been staying with her kids and elderly mother in a Red Cross shelter while she tries to find a place to live.

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