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FEMA manufactured housing units line the interior of Leo's Park located at 4250 Blount Road, Thursday, February 23, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La. Everett Wilson, 84, died in October from hyperthermia inside of an MHU on this lot. An investigation resulted in air found to be coming out of his FEMA trailer at almost 138 degrees.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

More than half the families who received a FEMA mobile home after the 2016 flood are still living in them, the agency announced this week.

There is some hope; in October, an average of eight families were able to return home each day, FEMA officials said in a news release. That frees up those units to be redeployed in other emergency areas.

At the peak of their use in February, more than 4,300 households were living in a mobile homes. Approximately 12,000 people affected by the flood have called a FEMA manufactured housing unit their home for some length of time, the release states.

About 45 percent of the households who received a FEMA mobile home following the storm have moved back into permanent housing.

The agency is scheduled to stop providing units on Valentine's Day, but about one third of occupants are not on track to return to their normal homes by then. FEMA and the state government have worked out deals in the past to extend housing programs, such as one that allowed flood survivors to live in hotels for a time.

The mobile homes were always presented as a "last resort" option to people unable to find other temporary housing or make at least basic repairs to their homes. As of Nov. 8, 2,437 families continued to live in them.

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