2011-10-06 / Local & State

Some Pa. Flood Victims Get Temporary Homes

ATHENS, Pa. ( AP) – Some northeastern Pennsylvania flooding victims are now getting a place to call home until theirs is ready to move back into.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has started to provide what the agency calls “park models” – trailers set up at floodstricken residences – for some people in Bradford County.

Contractors started hooking up utilities to the FEMA trailer next to the Athens home of Sally Moss, which was inundated when the Susquehanna River flooded last month.

Before the trailer arrived, she and her husband had been staying in hotels.

“The main thing is we want to get our dog back, haven’t seen our dog in over three weeks. We miss him,” Moss told WNEP-TV.

FEMA Public Information Officer Susan Solomon said more trailers are on the way. She said the scarcity of rental property in the area prompted the government to work on a housing plan.

“That will include the manufactured homes that can be brought into an applicant's own lot where they have utilities,” Solomon said.

Officials say they have identified more than 2,000 homeowners in the commonwealth who qualify for trailer housing, and so far 249 have been approved.

The agency is also considering the possibility of building temporary housing because of the need in the county.

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