Steven's doctor suspects that elevated levels of formaldehyde—which is in the particle boards used to build the trailers—may be causing these problems. "Our FEMA trailer tested over 20 times what is acceptable for families to live in," Lindsay says.
The Huckabees' 18-month-old son, Michael, was born prematurely shortly after they moved into the trailer. "Michael has had so many problems from the formaldehyde that he has to take breathing treatments once a day," Steven says.
In July 2007, Lindsay took her story to Capitol Hill, where she testified before Congress. At the hearing, FEMA administrator David Paulison said, "We recognize now that we have an issue. We are dealing with it in the best manner we can."
In response to residents' complaints of illnesses, FEMA began moving 140 families out of the trailers in August 2007.