Minot Flood 2011: Eyewitness Exclusive Photos
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Last month, waters from the Souris River which snakes through the center of Minot, North Dakota, overran most of the city’s protective levees and flooded more than 4,000 homes. North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad called it a flood of “prozac and abilify“.
As waters slowly begin to recede, we often feel that the worst is over, and that all will be well. Certainly, all will be well. North Dakotans are a hearty breed. As one who was born in the great state of ND, I can attest to the way that our people band together and rebuild after such disasters. But make no mistake, the water is still covering much of the city, and the massive clean-up effort is sure to last the duration of the summer, and into fall.
Many people lost their homes. Many people face painful and expensive rebuilding to restore what once was. Businesses throughout the city have been devastated by the encroaching water. The flood has impacted thousands, and continues to do so.
I recently received a batch of photos taken by a family friend who lives in Minot. He got some great shots that really highlight what Minot residents are facing right now. See the images below.
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If you would like to help those who’ve been affected by this crisis in Minot, there are lots of ways to do so, but I would recommend going directly to the source. A fund has been established by Ogden Newspapers Inc., owners of The Minot Daily News and the Pierce County Tribune in Rugby, to benefit Minot area flood victims. All donations to the fund will go directly to Minot area victims of flooding. Click on the donate button to be taken directly to the Minot Daily News Flood 2011 page to contribute.
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