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Texas tent living still common 2 months after Ike

It's been two months since Hurricane Ike slammed parts of Southeast Texas -- and housing is still a challenge.

Bridge City retirees Ferrel and Jerry Ashby waited a month to get a mobile home from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Ike flooded their house.

On Galveston, Roshonda Domingeaux and her family have bounced around from shelter to shelter since Ike's 12-foot storm surge destroyed her house Sept. 13.

Pastor Eddie Shauberger with Oak Island Baptist Church says he's frustrated that some residents are still living in tents.

Oak Island, population 300, has no hotels or apartment buildings, making mobile homes the only long-term solution.

Shauberger says that's unacceptable.

FEMA Administrator David Paulison and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff this month visited Southeast Texas, promising to get trailers more quickly to residents.

A FEMA spokesman says local zoning regulations and getting waivers allowing trailers to be placed in floodplains have slowed the process.

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