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For more than 2 years thousands of Minot residents haven't had a permanent place to call home. But that's slowly coming to an end.

 Yesterday the FEMA housing mission in Minot officially ended. After providing 2 years of temporary housing to thousands of families since the 2011 Souris River Flood, the only trailers left are now privately owned.

 This week contractors have been moving 3 or 4 trailers a day out of the former Virgil Workman Village site. At one point there were hundreds of trailers here, and now, the ones that remain are all privately owned.

"So we decided that we would try to buy it out if we were given the option, the option came up and with the help of family we were able to purchase our home and now we're homeowners," says Kelly Langan.

 Kelly Langan says he couldn't afford to move anywhere else.

 "We used to live in the house we rented for about $450 a month and now we're having a hard time finding anything less than 1,500 and it's kind of ridiculous," says Langan.

 FEMA Dan Alexander says over 260 people have purchased their trailers.

 "This is one of those success stories, it really was not just a FEMA solution, a FEMA program that kicked in, really taking advantage of the arrangement we had with the landowner of what is today Wheatland Village to turn that into a permanent housing solution for folks, working with the state and making programs available from the bank of North Dakota loan possible to purchase their temporary housing unit," says Dan Alexander.

 Charlet Mack has been forced to move more than once since the flood, and now she's leaving this mobile home site for good.

 "Originally lived in Marvindale and then when the flood happened they sent me to holiday village then from there they put me out here," says Mack.

 For people that are staying, contractors are busy running cable, pouring concrete and connecting electrical hook ups before winter sets in.

 The FEMA units sold for about 15,000 a piece, but for many flood victims that price was an attractive option since housing costs have skyrocketed in Minot since the flood.

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