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            As Minot residents continue to recover from the 2011 Mouse River Flood, for many, that means moving from their trailers or rv's back into their once flood homes.

            However, the City of Minot has been getting multiple complaints regarding the amount of people still living in these temporary housing units.

            A little over a year ago, Kirsty Prater moved into her home in northwest Minot, a neighborhood hit hard by the 2011 Mouse River flood.

            "When we moved in, there were a few FEMA trailers," said Prater, a Minot resident.  "Those are all gone now."

            Along 1st Street Northwest, the neighborhood has made a lot of progress when it comes to flood recovery efforts, but nearby neighbors say it's frustrating to still see people living out of their trailers and RV's.

            Prater said, "A lot of people have put so much time and effort into getting these houses back looking nice.  So, when two years have gone by and we have gorgeous homes sitting next to homes that don't look like they've been touched since the flood, it's hard to look at and it brings up a lot of questions as to what is really going on."

            And, Prater is not alone.  The City of Minot has been receiving about 50 complaints a month concerning the number of people living in temporary housing units throughout the area.

            "Now, it's getting to the point where we have a lot of people that are not necessarily fixing up their homes.  They are kind of using this to their benefit," said Zerek Kroll, Minot Assistant City Planner.

            According to the City's ordinances, it is illegal for people to be living and using Rv's and trailers within city limits or the 2 mile jurisdiction surrounding the city, unless it has been approved by City Council.

            Kroll said, "We understand the hardship and the disaster of the flood.  We just want to start taking those steps to start getting back into houses."

            The City hopes residents will follow the ordinances to help continue to clean up the Magic City.

            "I wouldn't want to leave this neighborhood.  I think it looks great.  So, just a couple more houses to get fixed up," said Prater.

            KMOT did try to talk to several residents still living in trailers, but they did not want to go on camera.

            Minot City Council is allowing Temporary Housing Units with permits to remain on private property locations that were once flooded until October 1st.  To keep temporary housing units on flooded properties, you will need to apply for an Interim Use Permit on or before August 15th.

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