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,"
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 www.picayuneitem.com 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.