TEXAS CITY, Texas -- One year after the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opened a temporary manufactured housing community site in Bridge City to provide disaster housing to 39 households displaced by Hurricane Ike, the last resident has left and the park is closing.
The final Ike survivor, who resided at the Acadian Annex Community site since February of last year, has departed the temporary site.
“Every day, Texans like our last Acadian Annex family are returning to their repaired dwellings, purchasing their temporary housing units to be used while repair on their home continues, or finding other permanent housing, after temporary stays in FEMA units,” said Hurricane Ike Recovery Manager Brad Harris. “FEMA supports households in the transitioning process and stands ready, side by side with other federal, state, local and volunteer agency partners, to help in every way.”
“When temporary units on private, commercial and community sites are no longer needed, it’s a further sign that our citizens are moving forward in their recovery,” added State Coordinating Officer Ben Patterson. “We are very happy to see our residents find more permanent housing, especially with the start of hurricane season just four months away.”
The Acadian Annex site is scheduled to officially close Feb. 20, 2010, when the lease is formally terminated. Depending on the lease agreement, the site can be restored to its original condition or remain as is. Officials say this site will be returned back to the owner with improvements intact. Two more temporary FEMA community housing sites remain in use and include Schreiber Field, which continues to house 12 Ike survivors, until it closes in April, and High Island, which has 25 temporary units still occupied.
For more information on Hurricane Ike Recovery visit www.fema.gov/ike. A photo of the last unit at the Acadian Annex can be found at www.photolibrary.fema.gov/photolibrary/photo_details.do?id=42870. Learn about the process of building a community site at www.fema.gov/medialibrary/media_records/247.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.