FEMA trailers stored at Texas airport being auctioned off for a fraction of what they cost
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, thousands of manufactured homes were shipped to and stored at the Hearne Municipal Airport where they would be inspected before being shipped to families in need.
Fast forward to almost two years later and the trailers are still there -- for now.
“We’re definitely okay with them being here. As long as they want to stay, they can,” said John Naron the city manager of Hearne.
Naron says partnering with FEMA has benefited Hearne in several ways.
“The whole process has been really good for the city. It’s brought in a lot of jobs and it’s actually brought a lot of recognition to our town,” said Naron.
The airport alone has received close to $2,000,000 worth of improvements made by FEMA, but the lease with the airport is up in April.
FEMA is now in the process of selling the leftover trailers to the public via online auctions.
KBTX has learned the trailers that reportedly cost FEMA around $65,000 each, are now being sold on a government auction website with bids starting as low as $100.
“We’re going to miss them, like I said they’ve been great to us but they’ve set us up to be able to attract economic development,” said Naron.