|By Phil Ferolito|
"I'm very excited," said the mother of 8- and 9-year-old daughters. "I'm really happy. It's hard for me to describe what this is going to do for me and my girls."
Like many displaced by the
She stayed in a motel for two months and then was allowed to temporarily stay rent-free in a HUD home in a
A chimney touched off the blaze. Wind blew it into a log pile and eventually into the
Late last summer, four of those homes that were insured were rebuilt.
Delays in replacing the others have some residents questioning what happened to roughly
According to Yakama Tribal Administrator
Families that lost stick-built homes but had no insurance each will get about
But by Christmas, Ike and nine other families will be able to move into a mobile home park now under construction, Reimer said.
"I would say that all the families who have been displaced by the fire will all be situated this month," she said. "It will be a wonderful Christmas for them."
On Thursday, Reimer said she was told by Yakama Indian Health Service officials that water and sewer systems have been installed at the site behind
The Indian Heath Service oversees water and sewer systems on tribal land.
Reimer said it has taken longer to get the park ready than what the tribe hoped, but there are sanitation and water requirements that need to be followed.
"When you talk of infrastructure, I think there is a lot that takes place that doesn't meet the eye," she said. "There is a lot that takes place for us to give our families a safe environment to live in."
New single-wide mobile homes, 21 in all, from the
"The only thing missing would be a washer and a dryer," Reimer said.
Meanwhile, three of the four families who lost stick-built homes but lacked insurance have already chosen plans from a local builder, she said.
Progress hasn't been as quick as Louetta Lucei would have liked. She lost the home she lived in with her boyfriend and three children. The couple has been renting a house in
Lucei's family did receive roughly
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