NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is barring employees from entering thousands of stored travel trailers over concerns about hazardous fumes, while more than 48,000 other trailers continue to be used by hurricane victims in Louisiana and Mississippi.
FEMA is advising employees not to enter any of the roughly 70,000 trailers in storage areas across the country, but the directive does not apply to other trailers still in use, agency spokeswoman Mary Margaret Walker said Thursday. …
Last week, FEMA indefinitely postponed plans to test for formaldehyde
levels in the air inside occupied trailers, saying it needed more time
to prepare. FEMA has suspended the sale of used trailers and says it
won’t shelter victims of future disasters in them until safety worries
are resolved. …