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Published July 01, 2011, 08:45 AM

Minot plans for FEMA housing, bridge inspections

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Local and federal officials have begun talking about where to set up Federal Emergency Management Agency temporary housing when it begins to arrive in flooded Minot in the near future.

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Local and federal officials have begun talking about where to set up Federal Emergency Management Agency temporary housing when it begins to arrive in flooded Minot in the near future.

The Minot Daily News reports that FEMA housing specialist Will Fiorini met with local officials on Thursday to begin the planning process for what likely will be several large manufactured housing developments.

The Souris River has flooded 4,000 homes and hundreds of businesses in Minot. Officials say bridges in the city are holding up well, but Public Works Director Alan Walter says six bridges won't be reopened until they are inspected by the state Transportation Department.

State Bridge Engineer Terry Udland says inspectors likely will look at every bridge in the region as a precaution.

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