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LONGMONT - Thousands of Coloradans displaced by the floods are facing a new challenge: finding a place to live.

There is tremendous need for temporary and permanent housing right now and survivors are flooding an already tight rental market.

The Colorado Office of Emergency Management says nearly 20,000 homes are either damaged or destroyed statewide.

All of those people must now find new places to live in a very crowded housing market.


Janae Dudley, her husband, and three children evacuated from their flooded home at the Royal mobile home park which sits along the St. Vrain River and was underwater for several days.

All are now squeezed into Dudley's mother-in-law's house in Longmont, where the dining room is now a makeshift bedroom.

Dudley is about to give birth to a son, which will mean nine people under one roof.

"Today is my due date," Dudley said.

Finding a new home for her growing family is proving to be very difficult.

"We were told that the limited availability of any kind of rentals or housing of any kind. To buy, to rent, to get into was very slim," Dudley said.

Real estate broker Diane Quigley owns a property management company in Greeley. She's been busy trying to help flood survivors.

"We've been getting a lot of phone calls," Quicgley said. "They are without homes right now, which is really sad."

Quigley says, even before the floods, her rental vacancy rate was just 1 percent.

"Greeley is growing and now this. It just doesn't help it," Quigley said.

FEMA says more than 8,300 households statewide have already registered for assistance, including housing.

A spokesman says the agency would only bring trailers to Colorado as a last resort.

Local housing is preferred because it's better quality, less expensive, and pumps money into the economy.

"We're doing the best we can," Dudley said.

Dudley and others have to find housing on their own and get reimbursed, which is proving to be no easy task, with so many displaced families flooding the market.

"Everybody is looking for it. Everybody is looking for the help they can get just like we are," Dudley said.

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