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East Texas City Purchases Three FEMA Trailers

Thousands of FEMA trailers purchased after hurricanes Rita and Katrina have gone unused and are now available for cities and counties to buy.   That's exactly what the city of Gilmer did.  They purchased three FEMA trailers at just $1,500 a piece. The city manager says one of them will be used as a portable command center for the police department. They're not sure yet how they will use the other two.  

Jeff Ellington, Gilmer's city manager, says, "had they been a hirer price we probably would not have bought them, but at the price that they quoted us $1,500 it was too good of a deal to pass up and so it was just a bargain for the city."

Ellington says they have to keep the trailers for at least 18 months. After that, the city may sell the two trailers left, and make a profit big enough to pay for all three.

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com

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