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Floods double Fremont housing demand

Posted: 5:19 PM, Apr 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-26 19:41:42-04
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FREMONT, Neb. (KMTV) -- — The floods have local communities dealing with a housing crunch especially in Fremont.

About 1,400 people were displaced by the floods in Fremont. A good portion of those houses underwater were red-tagged, meaning people could not live there.

The Greater Fremont Development Council says that doubled the need in Dodge County for affordable and workforce housing. They say the community, businesses, non-profits, and relatives have stepped up a lot since there are few vacancies.

"All these organizations are partnering together to try to find short term housing which might mean trailers coming in to town, it might mean other remedies for short term housing, but we know that there are families that are still displaced,” said Garry Clark, Executive Director of the Greater Fremont Development Council.

Clark says about 25-30 families are still displaced, and all housing is maxed in town.

The council says there are about half a dozen housing projects planned for Dodge County that could meet the need, but they won’t be done for quite some time.