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Number of FEMA mobile homes in Iowa drops

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) -- The number of Federal Emergency Management Agency mobile homes in Iowa used to provide temporary housing to disaster victims has dropped by nearly 200.

The agency had 747 mobile homes in Iowa in mid-October, and now there are just 548, with 455 of them in eastern Iowa.

FEMA spokesman Russ Edmonston says temporary housing is a dynamic activity and there are new tenants moving in and old tenants moving out. He says the original assessment of homes needed in Iowa was a little extra.

He says the federal agency stores several surplus units at parks around the region to be able to handle the fluid demand from disaster victims.

Some families say they moved out of the mobile homes because of concerns over formaldehyde levels. FEMA is retesting homes for free if tenants request it.

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