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Miami residents return to upended mobile homes

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 01:18

Although Miami was spared a big brunt of Hurricane Irma, mobile home residents here are not breathing a sigh of relief as they return to their now damaged or completely destroyed homes. Colette Luke has more.

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Although most of Miami was spared the full force of Hurricane Irma, it's of little comfort to many trailer park residents. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MELINDA HERNANDEZ, 67, MIAMI RESIDENT, SAYING: "I want to cry but it is in God's hands. I came (home) I try to make everything clean. But this is what it is, this is life." Irma hit the city with 90 mile per hour winds on Sunday, less severe than originally forecast but enough to cause chaos for people like Ladesse Lomay in Little Haiti's Trinidad trailer park. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LADESSE LOMAY, 58, OWNER OF DAMAGED MOBILE HOME SAYING: "The hurricane was very strong. I don't know what I am going to do. I need money to fix my roof. I have no money." Florida is home to roughly 850,000 mobile homes but only a third are believed to have been built to code to withstand a hurricane like Irma… The standards were set after thousands of mobile homes were uprooted from Hurricane Andrew in 1992…. And while utility crews clear downed trees and power lines in Miami, these residents are faced with having to put their homes and lives back together…

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Miami residents return to upended mobile homes

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 01:18