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Friday, October 24, 2008

Iowa FEMA trailers making people sick

KGAN television in Cedar Rapids Iowa has done some great investigative reporting testing 20 FEMA housing units (park models and mobile homes) and reporting on people who have been getting sick. How sad that yet another time disaster victims have placed in unsafe housing and then FEMA has denied the problem and blamed it on the people int he trailers. (See the link to the AP article under the news section on the left of this page.)

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It's not just Linn County with formaldehyde fears.
We've been getting plenty of emails from concerned flood victims in other parts of Eastern Iowa.
CBS 2’s Robert Price has more.

"Just barely breathing...not moving around enough air to even be able to talk...the panic that goes along with it."

This is how Paul Schiel describes his failing health...
Coughing, trouble breathing, migraines...
All problems he and his wife Kathy never had before moving into a FEMA trailer.

"I never had sore throat, itchy eyes before...never My wife gets terrible migraines so bad she can't sleep. I want outta here is what I want," said Schiel.

Paul has emphysema....his wife has had cancer twice...they're not in great health...but they can feel it getting worse.

"I've had breathing problems occasionally...but not this severe. I probably should have been in the hospital."

Paul has been on oxygen for six years now, but for the most part he says his breathing has been under control...that is, until he moved into his FEMA trailer. His health is so poor now that for a while he couldn't even walk ten feet from his couch to the bathroom.

"Just sitting right here for about a week not being able to move, not being able to talk because the breathing was so bad...I think it was formaldehyde."

Paul and his wife haven't called FEMA yet...and while they want to see something done, they have mixed feelings.

"I'd like to see them retest, but I don't know what good it'd do...where are they going to put ya?
I wouldn't want to move again."