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Temporary FEMA housing units expected to return to Louisiana

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Thousands of south Louisiana residents remain stuck in shelters, living in hotels, or staying with family and friends after flooding ravaged their homes, creating a housing crunch that may bring back temporary housing units like those used after Hurricane Katrina.

Just don't call them FEMA trailers. The much-maligned trailers that filled front yards and miles of vacant property in south Louisiana and Mississippi a decade ago became a symbol of everything that had gone wrong with the federal disaster response to the 2005 hurricane.

The trailers drew health worries after toxic levels of formaldehyde were found.

Governor John Bel Edwards stressed that he prefers a quick way to make homes habitable but he acknowledged some sort of modular housing may be needed that people can set up in their yards while repairing flood-damaged property.

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The Democratic governor unveiled a package of transitional housing programs Wednesday that his administration and the federal government have developed.

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate has pledged that any temporary housing units that will be offered will be ''much improved" modular housing, not trailers.

Associated Press