| As federal officials inaugurate mobile home villages across the Gulf Coast, temporary shelter residents from other storms say they're stuck in a permanent state of emergency
by Jamie Dean
Posted 11/26/05, 12:00 am
PUNTA GORDA, Fla.-On 62 acres of rural farmland in Baker, La., white gravel has replaced green pastures, and 573 trailers sit in neat rows where cows roamed just a few weeks ago. The impromptu trailer park set up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is now home to more than 1,500 people displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Residents may live in the village rent-free for the next 18 months.