Due to a city ordinance banning single-wide mobile homes in the town of Cordova, Alabama, Mayor Jack Scott is refusing to allow FEMA to provide temporary housing to any of the town's residents who's homes were destroyed by the tornados that recently barreled through the southeastern U.S.
An EF-3 twister with winds of at least 140 mph slammed into the town around 5:30 a.m.on April 27th, knocking out power and damaging numerous buildings. An EF-4 with winds around 170 mph struck about 12 hours later, killing four people and cutting a path of destruction a half-mile wide through town. Scores of homes, businesses and city buildings were destroyed or damaged by the time the winds died down.
Despite the fact that the Cordova Police Department, a pharmacy, a bank, and City Hall have all moved into similar trailers since the storm, the mayor will not lift the ban for any of Cordova's 2000 residents.
Towns with similar laws have granted temporary waivers, but even in the face of public outrage Mayor Scott isn't apologizing. He says he doesn't want run-down mobile homes parked all over town years from now. "I don't feel guilty," he said. "I can look anyone in the eye."
Please help me put pressure on Mayor Jack Scott to lift this ridiculous ban so that the people of Cordova can move out of tents errected on their demolished lots and into the temporary housing provided by FEMA.