Setting up mobile homes after Louisiana storms is slow-going

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Remnants of the half destroyed mobile home of James Towfley, who is living in the standing half, are seen in Lake Charles, La., in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Hurricane Laura ravaged southwest Louisiana six months ago, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency still is trying to set up temporary mobile homes for several thousand families.

The agency estimates the work won’t be complete until more than a year after the August 2020 storm. John Long is the FEMA official coordinating recovery work in Louisiana. He said about 1,250 families are in the temporary housing units.

That’s fewer than half the 3,300 families mainly in Calcasieu Parish the federal agency expects to eventually house. Long acknowledged the process is slow. But he said FEMA will have to build several mobile home parks for the remaining temporary units.

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