We're fully supportive of Gov. Jack Dalrymple's request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a six-month extension of the temporary housing units provided for area residents after the devastating Souris River flood of 2011.
The units are scheduled to be removed by Dec. 24 unless FEMA approves the governor's request to keep them in place until June 24, 2013. As of Aug. 1, there were roughly 1,200 FEMA?units still occupied.
Displaced residents still living in FEMA?units are there for a variety of reasons. Some are waiting for homes to be repaired, or waiting for new homes to be built. Others are waiting for more details about the long-term flood protection plan supported by the city of Minot. There are others who would have moved out of FEMA?housing by now if they could find affordable housing in the area.
Dalrymple's request will be reviewed by FEMA at the regional level, with the final decision coming from the national headquarters.
These are unique times in Minot, with the flood coming in the middle of an already tight housing market because of the booming oil industry. We doubt there are people living in FEMA?housing because they'd rather be there than in their own home or apartment.
We hope FEMA gives the governor's request immediate attention, and we anticipate FEMA?approving the extension.