Faith-based group continuing volunteer flood recovery efforts in Minot this summer


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MINOT, North Dakota — A faith-based group is spearheading efforts this summer to restore about 40 homes in Minot damaged by the 2011 Souris River flood and still in need of repair.

The project involves funding, equipment or logistical help from the United Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Episcopalian and Catholic churches, the Minot Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1ubOyh6 ). The Hope Village volunteer center, which hosted about 5,300 volunteers from around the country and Canada before shutting down last fall, is donating money it had left over.

"When we closed out Hope Village, we realized it was closed before some of the more difficult problems had been taken care of," said current project coordinator Bob Lower, a past board member of Hope Village and the Souris Valley Long-term Recovery Committee. "I told the people that I was going to stay on and that we would try to finish the homes."

Minot Air Force Base has been signing up weekend volunteer teams to help in the latest effort. Another contributor is Nomads on a Mission Active in Divine Service, or NOMADS. The organization of retirees under the umbrella of the United Methodist Committee on Relief will bring workers to Minot throughout the summer. Five mobile homes have been set up to accommodate teams of up to 10 people, Lower said.

Sue Albright, a NOMADS member from Minnesota, helped out in Minot last year and came back for a week this summer.

"When I got here last year, I could just tell this was a place we needed to be. There's lots of folks who need help," she said. "It's fulfilling. You get more than you give on one of these projects."

The June 2011 flood caused by heavy spring snowmelt and rains damaged or destroyed more than 4,000 homes, businesses and other structures in Minot, causing nearly $700 million in damage. Homeowners still in need of help are typically those who have faced the greatest difficulties in rebuilding due to age or disability, Lower said.


Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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