CLINTON, LA (WAFB) - It's been a very rough summer for Eugene Matthews. He underwent radiation treatment for cancer and lost his home in the August flooding. For now, he's living with his sister, but what he really wants is a place of his own.
"I'm used to my own. I really want my own, it's hard," Matthews said.
Matthews is like many residents who rent housing in Rileyville, a small neighborhood in the town of Clinton that was hit hard by floodwaters. Because they are renters, they don't have land to place a FEMA mobile home on, and the nearest commercial mobile home park is 20 minutes outside of the city, so victims are looking for a better option.
Matthews says the large amount of driving would make life difficult. He's hoping for a spot closer to the city.
"I'll be comfortable. It won't... the stress will be off. The stress, it's a stressful situation for everybody here," Matthews said.
Clinton landowner, Lee Allen Haynes, believes he has the solution. He has eight acres of land on Plank Rd. inside the city, right across the street from a small shopping center.
"I just became a concerned citizen," Haynes said. "And that's what I've been doing, trying to get the FEMA park here."
Haynes wants to place FEMA mobile homes on his land, and he's offering to hook up the utilities himself. He has been in discussions with FEMA since November, but he says he's had less and less communication with the organization and wants to see more progress.
"I said, send the trailers, and we will put the trailers in," Haynes said.
WAFB requested comment from FEMA, who sent this statement:
Haynes believes that this site is the best option for victims and he says he's willing to do anything to get this park set up. "I just know something, we got about 36 families displaced, and this is ridiculous."