FEMA housing unit numbers drop

The number of temporary housing units still occupied in Ward County has fallen below 250, while the number of completed sales of the units to occupants have surpassed 100, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Monday.

Through Sunday, 242 units remained in use. Of those, 14 units remain on private property, down from the 1,118 that had been placed since the start of the flood recovery effort in 2011.

FEMA is consolidating the 228 units not on private property to Virgil Workman Village in east Minot. This process is nearly complete, and when done will bring about the closure of the De Sour Valley Heights in Burlington and will vacate all remaining units at Holiday Village mobile home park.

At the peak of the housing operation, FEMA used three group sites built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as five pre-existing manufactured home parks in Minot and Burlington.

As of Sunday, FEMA has finalized 105 sales of units to occupants. Purchasing the unit that they are living in is one of several options for displaced residents seeking permanent housing.