Wednesday, August 4, 2010

No Breaks Whatsoever

When you're being told to put your house on stilts, it's time to move. 

Residents of Laredo and Webb County affected by the recent flood waters can breathe a sigh of relief now that FEMA can assist them with grant money.  Several counties in South Texas have been declared disaster areas by the feds - that includes counties farther north of us (thank you, reader).  But it's not going to be so easy for some.

One couple who owns a mobile home has insurance so they don't qualify for federal money.  [strike 1]
They have insurance but the plan probably doesn't include flood insurance.  [strike 2]
Their mobile home has mold and it's going to cost a lot of money.  [strike 3]
They're better off buying a new one, but there's a catch [too many strikes already]
The city is requiring all residents who are bringing in a new mobile home into this area to raise it about eight feet.
I guess you could do that.  But would you want to?
To say that it's been a frustrating experience for the residents of West Laredo is an understatement.  Their landscape, and outlook, has changed and it might force some to move out altogether, furthering altering the makeup of those neighborhoods.  Either way, if people decide to stay, we may possibly see a different Los Martinez Dr. - one with houses providing shade for trees.


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