FEMA trailers coming for Collier residents displaced by Irma

FILE: A man walks into a trailer provided by FEMA for Louisiana residents after Hurricane Katrina. Trailers will be set up for Collier County residents in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
(Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo)

EAST NAPLES, Fla. FEMA will set up trailers as temporary housing this weekend in Collier County.

The agency informed 256 families they’re eligible for temporary housing, but that doesn’t mean all of them will get a trailer. It’s unclear how many trailers will be set up, who will get them, or exactly where they will be.

County emergency officials have been asking FEMA for trailers since the passage of Hurricane Irma, but the agency considers them a last option because of the cost. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have also left FEMA resources stretched thin.

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The need is acute in some neighborhoods, like Naples Estates, a mobile home park that drew a visit from President Donald Trump in the days after the storm.

“There’s people living in tents and on other people’s floors because they don’t have a place to go,” Naples Estates resident Carol Heaney said.

The first trailers will arrive in the county Saturday.

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