2011, floods in the spring, and Tropical Storm Irene later that year destroyed
more than 150 mobile homes and damaged hundreds of others. A
meeting in Burlington Friday took stock of long term efforts to minimize future storm
damage at mobile home parks.
The state says the Federal
Emergency Management Agency has shown some flexibility and provided additional
funds to people who lost mobile homes to Tropical Storm Irene. Officials see this as a
positive development in what has sometimes been a rocky relationship between Vermont and the federal agency.
Mobile homes were hit particularly hard by the flooding last spring and during Tropical Storm Irene. There are now efforts underway to come
up with a better financing model for mobile home owners and to design and build a mobile home that is energy-efficient and still affordable.
For owners of flood-ravaged mobile homes who need to borrow money to replace them, the mortgage market is an
obstacle because the terms and eligibility requirements are different than they
are for other homebuyers.
Only a handful of the families displaced by Tropical Storm Irene who were mobile home residents have been able to return to flooded parks. Many are living in temporary situations and facing the difficulty of making ends meet through the winter.