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Cordova fight over FEMA mobile homes

A town hall meeting{}Tuesday night{}in Cordova turned into an all out fight against the city leaders and mayor. Storm survivors came in droves to protest a city ordinance - that prohibits{}FEMA from bringing mobile homes in as temporary housing.

This National Guard Armory was packed tight with hundreds of Cordova neighbors. And any of them would tell you- things got heated very quickly. Their main argument tonight was this: people who lost their home in the storm want a{}FEMA trailer - but those homes are single wide's - something prohibited by a city ordinance. That's something this room full of Cordova neighbors was aimed at changing. But heated exchanges between the mayor and his constituents quickly resulted in yelling matches and drove some to tears.

"If you don't want to listen, get out," Mayor Jack Scott fired back to an angry crowd during the meeting.

But when asked about how much buying a home within the city costs.

"The cheapest one I found was for $105,000," a Cordova storm survivor said.{}"You might be setting your sites too high," Mayor Scott answered back.

Many, like Danny Banks say since the storm destroyed his home, he has no place to go.

"I've been here all my life,"{}Banks said.{}"I was born and raised here."

Banks didn't want to leave Cordova, so he pitched a tent in his front yard.

"It's rough down here having to sleep on the ground, but I'm not leaving my property until I get some place to live," Banks said.

And others, say they simply want to stay in their hometown until they can rebuild, but if the city doesn't budge on the ordinance passed during the 1950's - they say they'll have to find rental space in another town.

"We've been forced to move out because of this law and we want to do something about it," Tammy Edwards,{}who lost her home{}said.

"This is not Mountain Brook, this is not Vestavia Hills, this is little Cordova," Martha Stidham, a Cordova neighbor said.{}"And what was said about mobile homes was said, I felt like we were basically being called trailer trash."

Mayor Jack Scott says he wants to make it clear: he's not trying to keep people from having a place to stay, but rather, follow the city codes.

A petition circulated calling for Mayor Scott's impeachment. There were about five pages of signatures by the end of the meeting. Mayor Scott said at this point, there is no plan in place to temporarily change the law.

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