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Buying History

Old FEMA trailers to go on auction



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    Evidently the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA as it’s known to its friends, believes the U.S. probably won’t get hit by another hurricane on par with Hurricane Katrina.

    You remember that one, right? It made the television news, and hundreds of thousands of people lost their homes and had to evacuate.

    FEMA set up temporary housing for some of them using camper-trailers set up in various locales, one of which was on Groom Road in Baker, La., where my paternal grandfather lived. Small world.

    FEMA doesn’t want those camper-trailers anymore, and it’s passing the savings on to you. Hundreds of those babies go on auction July 15-16 at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers in Fort Worth.

    Is that the best thing to do with the campers? Surely the country will suffer another disaster that will force people from their homes, and those folks will need some government-assisted places to stay, and FEMA is just going to have to buy more campers, right?

    Can’t they just store them somewhere until they’re needed again?

    That’s just our government at work, though, I guess, where the prevailing thought seems to be, “We’ll burn that bridge when we come to it.”

    And whatever happened to all that ice

    Bruce Felps owns and operatesEast Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He misses his granddad.