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Published April 22, 2013, 03:20 PM

Gov. Dalrymple seeks extension for FEMA housing program

Gov. Jack Dalrymple asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Monday to extend a temporary housing program to Minot and Ward County residents displaced by flooding in 2011.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Monday to extend a temporary housing program to Minot and Ward County residents displaced by flooding in 2011.

FEMA's temporary housing program for Minot-area residents impacted by flooding to the Souris River, also known as the Mouse River, is scheduled to expire June 24. Dalrymple is requesting the program be extended 90 days.

"The 2011 Mouse River flood created extraordinary hardships on residents in the Souris River Basin and the on-going disaster response must also be extraordinary," Dalrymple said in a letter to Doug Fore, FEMA's Region 8 Acting Administrator. "The extension would give residents who remain displaced by the flood more time to transition into permanent housing."

The Souris River flood swamped 4,100 homes and other structures in Minot and Ward County. About 2,000 Minot-area households relied on FEMA's housing units for temporary shelter after the flood. Since then, 1,678 households have transitioned to permanent housing while 350 continue to rent FEMA's mobile housing units.

The North Dakota Legislature is currently considering legislation to expand and extend a state loan program for displaced residents. The legislation would make low-interest loans available to flood victims so that they can purchase FEMA housing units, purchase other permanent housing or to repair damaged homes. The Legislature also is considering a proposal that would provide $1.5 million to help communities affected by flooding help transition residents from temporary housing to permanent housing.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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