False FEMA Information | VideoJenny Castro | 6/28/2012
An extension on the FEMA housing units has always been unknown but at least a possibility. That`s not the story everyone is hearing from their individual FEMA case workers.
"She very blatantly told us this is going to end on December 24th. You need to be out, you need to have an alternate plan,” said flood victim Andrea Purseglove.
With a final ultimatum on their minds, it`s leading some to prepare for the worse.
"I lived in the same house all my life and now I`m put under pressure to leave because I just can`t afford anything," said Purseglove.
According to FEMA Spokesperson Brian Hvinden, this is not true and they`re not sure why the displaced residents are being told so.
"Sometimes there may be a mis-statement or just a misunderstanding and I can see how that would be certainly frustrating."
It`s a little more than frustrating though for most people who are under the impression that they`ll be out of choices come the Christmas Eve deadline.
"They all say different things, and it makes people wonder if we`re going to be out on the streets in the North Dakota winter or if we`re going to have a place to stay through it,” said flood victim Jonathan Cheyne Kennedy.
"Whatever the case may be, it`s just, it`s wrong of them to come in and put the pressure on us because giving us false information like that. How do we make plans for ourselves?" asked Purseglove.
FEMA still says they cannot specify when the decision will be made on an extension, but right now many people are getting a strong feeling that there`s already a final conclusion.
FEMA says that when the decision is made on an extension they will put it out through the media. And case workers will also inform the individual displaced residents.