Mayor of Tornado-Ravaged Alabama Town Bans FEMA Trailers
After a series of massive twisters ripped through the town of Cordova, Alabama, located about 35 miles northwest of Birmingham with a population of 2000, the town lost nearly everything. Relief came when FEMA came rolling in with a caravan of single-wide mobile homes, or so they thought. Mayor Jack Scott has declared that single-wide mobile homes are illegal in Cordova.
The law was enacted three years ago, and bans the trailers as a way to keep the riff-raff out of the town. And while the trailers might be needed in the case of an emergency following a horrific act of God, Scott doesn't care. He told reporters that he has heard all of the complaints and isn't apologizing. Scott simply doesn't want run-down mobile homes parked all over town years from now. He added:
"I don't feel guilty. I can look anyone in the eye."
Of course though, there are some exemptions from the rule that Scott approves of. The Cordova Police Department, City Hall, a bank and a pharmacy have all been allowed to move into FEMA trailers in the aftermath of the tornadoes.