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Friday, February 23, 2007
FEMA trailer fumes so bad my wife ran away
Story Received by ToxicTrailers.com:
My wife and I met at a hiking club in 2004 and we were able to hike 20-24 mile trails before Katrina. She ran away last Spring because of her constant coughing and the mounds of debris surrounding us. She went to area medical clinics to determine the problem. The answers were all the same ... "Katrina crud caused by trailer fumes and molds."
We have since been divorced and she is recuperating in North Carolina. Since my eyes burn after being in the trailer for more than a couple hours, I have parked a camper next to the trailer in order to sleep nights ... and use the trailer for storing food and clothes.