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Gautier Senior Needs Help Repairing Damaged Home

"It's gone down," Lilly Register says. "The whole floor is bowed up."

When Register walks in her home, she fears she might fall in.

"It's uneven and it feels like it's going to fall when I step on it," Register says.

It seems her floors are rotting throughout the house.

"I'm scared to walk across it. That's how it is."

The walls also seem to be shifting. And from the laundry room, you can see the outside world.

In her bathroom, too, there are problems.

"You have to be careful. It too could fall through," Register says.

The ceiling is also sagging, and preventing Register from opening her cabinets all the way.

"All of them are just about like that," Register says as she starts tearing up. "It's falling apart. That's all I know. It's all coming apart."

Register says she received her FEMA trailer three weeks ago. The utilities are in. She's ready to move in. But she doesn't know when she'll be moving back out, because she has no one to fix her house.

"It's just there temporarily," Register says. "I need people to help me get this fixed or something, rebuild or something."

The 82-year-old has no insurance and says making repairs herself is just out of the question.

"I'm not able to," Register cries.

Unless someone steps in and helps Register build a stronger home, she says she'll be stuck walking on eggshells the rest of her life.

"I've lived here all of my life. I guess I'll live here until I die."

FEMA representative Len DeCarlo says people living in FEMA trailers can stay in them up to 18 months. DeCarlos says FEMA will work with each case individually to find permanent housing options that fit every budget.

By Jaimee Goad

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