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Minot Residents Hope For FEMA Extension

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The past five years have not been easy for Debby Luetzen. She lost her mother, her sister and then her home in the 2011 flood.

“The whole thing has just been one of these days I’ll crawl out of a well,” Luetzen says.

After her house was ruined, she was forced to move into a FEMA trailer smaller than her living room. Right now, she’s one of the 34 people that still has a trailer on her property. Luetzen says it’s not feasible to work 60 hours to pay for materials and then have to work on your house.

The city has put in place a June 2 move-out deadline for those people still in their temporary housing units. Many of those people are doing the housework themselves. For Luetzen that includes flooring, wiring, plumbing and sawing. While the work is getting done, she says what she could do in a day 30 years ago now takes her four or 5 days.

There are also nights she’ll end up doing work at 2 a.m. just because she can’t sleep and wants to get things done.

If the city doesn’t pass a vote allowing certain residents an extended move-out date, she’ll have no choice but to move her trailer off of her property, even though her home isn’t close to finished.

Luetzen says she has places she can take the trailer outside of town, but she won’t be able to get in her car and drive to do some work at those late hours.

For the time being, she isn’t focusing her attention on the things she lost, but she is hoping to be given an extension to continue to work on her home throughout the summer.

“Everybody lost something of their lives that is irreplaceable. The houses can be rebuilt, though,” she says.

Luetzen knows that even though she has to rebuild, her house will be better than ever.

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