Charleston, WV -- Travel trailers and mobile homes to provide housing for West Virginia residents who lost their homes in this year's floods and mudslides will be on display this weekend in Kimball.
The trailers and mobile homes will be in the parking lot of the Kimball K-Mart. They will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
"Providing safe, sanitary and secure housing for West Virginians while they are recovering from the flooding and mudslides is a most important objective of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its state partners," said Carlos Mitchell, federal coordinator for the disaster recovery.
"These homes are a practical, comfortable alternative to some of the adverse conditions West Virginians are enduring," added West Virginia's Director of the Office of Emergency Services Stephen S. Kappa. "We hope we can provide one of these temporary residences to anyone who needs it."
An estimated 3,000 homes were destroyed and damaged in floods that have plagued the state since May 15. Many people living in the paths of the roaring creeks and rivers have been living in damaged structures or living with friends and relatives. The FEMA homes are available to them at no charge.
The travel trailers are 30-feet long and eight-feet wide with a living room area that expands to 11 feet. They are fully furnished, including appliances. More than 160 trailers are already situated on pads.
The mobile homes are 14- by 60-feet with three bedrooms and air conditioning. Thirty of these already are on sites.
This temporary housing may be used for up to 18 months, free of charge, while the occupants are seeking permanent homes. The residents must pay utilities.
Representatives of FEMA will be at the K-Mart location to show the travel trailers and mobile homes and help those registered for disaster recovery assistance apply for temporary housing.
To check on your assistance application or apply for temporary housing call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-525-0321.