Five weeks after floodwaters devastated the community and left more than 2,500 Ottawa County residents homeless, temporary housing has arrived.
Thursday, about 20 Federal Emergency Management Agency trailers were pulled into town and set up in the Miami Mobile Home Park on Steve Owens Boulevard.
Unlike the travel trailers that were sent here a few weeks ago and are now awaiting inspection for formaldehyde contamination, the units are two bedroom, one bathroom mobile homes.
Displaced residence will be able to live in the mobile homes for up to 18 months, according to Angel Stapleton, a FEMA individual assessment program specialist.
“They will have to show a plan for permanent residency,” Stapleton said.
Approximately 96 families have applied for a FEMA trailer. The Mobile Home Park has reserved 39 sites for FEMA trailers.
“We are looking at some private sites in Miami for more placement of these homes,” Stapleton said. “We are also looking at some mobile home parks in Grove and Afton and a couple in Craig County.”
According to Stapleton, more than $3.9 million in FEMA aid has been set aside for Ottawa County.
“More than half of that is going to Miami residents,” Stapleton said.
City officials estimate that the flood caused $6 million damage, not counting damage to public utilities.