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New Orleans citizens face fines if they don't get rid of their FEMA trailers by Jan. 1

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Edwin D. Weber Jr. stands outside his FEMA trailer in New Orleans. Citing the 221 trailers left in the city as blight, New Orleans officials have given the last folks living in temporary FEMA trailers until the end of the year to move out or face fines. For many people, though, the white trailers are akin to permanent homes and they will find it hard to move out.

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Edwin D. Weber Jr., left, stands inside the FEMA trailer he shares with his brother Richard Weber.

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Dead flowers and the reflection of a home across the street are seen on the FEMA trailer of Edwin D. Weber Jr.

AP reports
Back in September, the New Orleans City Council said it was time to get rid of the FEMA trailers that have remained in the city since Hurricane Katrina. The problem is that many of the 221 remaining trailers are being used by residents as the only home they have.

"People are frustrated," said Councilman Jon Johnson, whose district includes hard-hit eastern New Orleans and the Lower 9th Ward. "People do not like the idea of having these trailers right next to them five years after Katrina." Read the full story here.