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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Mold a big problem in FEMA mobile homes

KNOE Television in Monroe, LA, has reported a little known fact: Mold is a huge problem in FEMA mobile homes...see below. Formaldehyde outgassing increases with higher humidity, so this problem is making the formaldehyde worse.

MONROE(TV8) -Earlier this month, a TV8 News special investigation uncovered a design flaw on the vast majority of FEMA mobile homes in the gulf coast region. We reported that the flaw may lead to a build up of potentally toxic levels of mold.

Tonight, a follow up: TV8's Stephen Mayer finds FEMA has been selling these design-flawed mobiles homes to the public, in spite of shocking test results from house trailers right here in Ouachita Parish.

Since our report, building science expert Bobby Parks examined the inside of walls for two mobile homes located at the Double K Estate in Ouachita Parish. his results are stunning.

Parks explains, "What we found was the wall cavities were anywhere from 10-30,000 times higher on one specific mold spore than what was found on the outside. This is very indicative of a wall that is exposed to an elevated level of moisture."

What may be more stunning is the fact that FEMA is trying to sell these homes to unsuspecting residents.

FEMA's website says it has temporarily suspended the sale of travel trailers and mobile homes until further notice.

But just last week, Leon Andrews, who lives in a FEMA trailer at the Double K Estate trailer park, received a fax from FEMA, offering to sell him the three-bedroom mobile home for $9,750. This, even though testing found its walls contaminated with mold, which Parks says poses a potential health risk.

Parks says, "Young children that have weak immune systems to start with have not built up yet, elderly people who have respiratory compromises become very susceptible to what is called a sick building syndrome."

But FEMA spokesman Ronnie Simpson told TV8 News mold can form in any housing structure.

Simpson says, "Mold and moisture and humidity I mean they are all related. Certainly when it comes to housing it is not an unusual thing to find."

FEMA's offer tells Andrews a representative from its housing sales office would contact him to arrange a closing date to finalize the purchase of the housing unit.

FEMA's spokesman says the agency is just trying to provide more permanent housing for displaced residents.

Simpson says,"If in fact it is fine for us to sell them we want to know who would like to buy them. The sales program is a very small part of what we do to help recovering families move on to some permanent housing."

And, to recoup some of the money the federal government has spent on what Bobby Parks says are design-flawed mobile homes.

If you live in a travel trailer or mobile home and suspect there may be mold problems, call the fema travel trailer hotline toll-free at 888 294 2822.