Officials won't force FEMA trailers on Ala. town

June 2, 2011 - 1:28 AM

CORDOVA, Ala. (AP) — State and federal emergency management officials say they are trying to find additional housing for residents of an Alabama town that refused to allow FEMA mobile homes as temporary shelter for those left homeless by tornadoes.

Representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency met Wednesday with Cordova Mayor Jack Scott at the request of Gov. Robert Bentley. He had asked them to help find housing solutions for residents of the town of 2,000, which was struck by two tornadoes April 27.

Officials said neither the federal nor state governments can force the town to allow the trailers, which would violate a 3-year-old law meant to keep many single-wide mobile homes out of the city.

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AP writer Anna McFall in Montgomery contributed to this report