Pearl River Co. inspectors hunting down FEMA trailers

The Federal Emergency Management

Agency says its still has travel trailers at 1,200 addresses in

Pearl River County. County building inspectors are tracking them


Chief Building Inspector Kirk Pichon said his inspectors have

been taken off other assignments to find the trailers and assess

the situation at each residence.

Fire Marshal Albert Lee said one of the problems the inspectors

face is while the county uses the E-911 addressing system for each

residence, the addresses are not always clearly marked. Sometimes

people will not clearly mark their mailboxes, and when they do,

they may not be located at the property, but rather at a grouping

of mailboxes close by, he said.

After locating a trailer, Lee said inspectors have to determine

if it is still occupied, if the owner has pulled permits to rebuild

or repair a home, and if any progress is being made on that


"We have found some (locations) that have the big trailers.

They probably swapped those. We've found those where you can tell

they're working on a house. Others, you can tell they are empty,"

Lee said.

Pichon said so far he has received no instructions other than to

locate all the travel trailers and report on the status of them.

"They told us to go out and find these travel trailers and see

how many are occupied and how many have pulled permits and are

making progress," Pichon said in a article.

County Administrator Adrain Lumpkin said the county was doing

the inspections pursuant to a request from FEMA.

"FEMA gave us a list and asked us to help out, but we don't

know where it's going to lead. FEMA asked the county to see if

people are building or if they (the travel trailers) are just

sitting there vacant," Lumpkin said.

Lumpkin said the county has the option of setting a deadline for

residents to be out of the travel trailers, but so far, a deadline

has not been set.