Cordova, Alabama, Mayor Continues to Keep FEMA Homes Out

Following up on a story we published here May 20, The Birmingham News says Cordova, Alabama, Mayor Jack Scott continues to refuse to allow Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) homes to site in his town despite pleas from residents.  Danny Banks’ single section home was destroyed by the tornado April 27, and he now lives in a tent where the home had been, saying he has no alternative.  Mayor Scott says he wants to clean up Cordova and encourage people to build homes on the now vacant lots.  He says the city has worked out other options for survivors, leading him to enforce a 1957 ordinance that had not been enforced in the past.  He said modular homes can come in.  Kathy Watts runs a distribution center in Cordova, and says this is not the time for that battle because of all the homeless people who could use a FEMA home.  FEMA officials say they have to abide by state and local ordinances.


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