FEMA Trailer Backlash Continues

In one of the few areas in New Orleans that was not ravaged by Hurricane Katrina flooding, neighborhood residents gathered to protest against the recent placement of a FEMA trailer park.
April 3, 2006, 5am PDT | Mike Lydon
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"Carrying signs that rebuked FEMA for 'raping' their neighborhood, about 100 Algiers residents Saturday protested a temporary 35-unit trailer park that would house women and children displaced by Hurricane Katrina at the edge of a gated community in Park Timbers.

Calling the site illegal and illogical, residents of racially mixed neighborhoods along Lennox Boulevard said Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have refused to consider their suggestion to shutter the site and erect a new one on a larger tract across Tullis Drive.

'This is not an issue of, you don't want them in your backyard,' said lawyer Ed Markle, a Lakewood Estates resident whose house overlooks the trailer park. 'We don't want them in our lap.'"

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Published on Sunday, April 2, 2006 in The Times-Picayune
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