FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) — Several western Kentucky families who lost their homes in December’s tornado outbreak will be a little more comfortable when the first wave of 20 trailers arrives Friday.
Gov. Andy Beshear said a total of 200 travel trailers were purchased from Kentucky RV dealers. The move-in ready trailers “will provide much-needed mid-term housing for our people who have stayed in hotels, in lodges in our state parks. It will bring them into something bigger, with a little more space and a lot more privacy.
Beshear said they will set up special RV parks with utility hookups and also allow people to have them on their property while they rebuild if it can be done safely.
“The focus will initially be on families with school-aged children, to make sure we can bring them into their school district, and then we’ll look at people with young children, elderly parents, work needs” , did he declare.
Ten of the travel trailers will be located in a mobile home community in Mayfield, the other 10 will be located at the Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Campground, approximately six miles from Dawson Springs.
The distribution of the remaining 180 units has not yet been determined.
“I believe we have room at the Mayfield site for over 30 trailers,” the governor said. “Pennyrile has room for another 40. The transport office is in Bremen and is also looking at our options there. I think we will more than double that number next week.
The trailers range from 27 to 36 feet, are new, clean and modern, according to the governor.
“They will make sure we don’t have abandoned trailer parks when this is done. The resale market for these is high which means when we get people home we can sell them and not have what we have seen on so many other disaster recovery sites.
Beshear said people can live in trailers for six months, per FEMA guidelines, but the state can request a six-month extension, if necessary.