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Published June 02, 2012, 10:54 AM

Bismarck Residents take pride in their Community

Bismarck, ND (WDAY TV) - One year ago Bismack-Mandan faced imminent flooding. Residents there continue to take pride in the sense of community built, while they battled the rising Missouri River.

By: John Schaffer , WDAY

One year ago Bismack-Mandan faced imminent flooding. Residents there continue to take pride in the sense of community built, while they battled the rising Missouri River.

One year ago, Bismarck was a sight of distress.

Jan Colling – Event Organizer: "I looked over the dyke and it brought tears to my eyes."

Jan was saved by the dike walls, but witnessed the damage of the homes that weren't as fortunate. One year later, people are out on the Missouri river soaking up the sun as if nothing had ever happened. Beyond the sandy shores of the Lewis and Clark route are still houses in need of relief. Since August Jan has been doing her best to ensure they receive what they need.

Jan Colling – Event Organizer: "If we could raise 50,000 dollars I would be...”

It didn't take live music, a beer garden, or inflatable games to draw one man out here.

Brett Behm – Freedom Rider: "We have some riding brothers that were affected by the flood and it’s a great reason to get out here."

Kids of all ages enjoyed the games while bands rocked out to classic hits.

All of them were donations. The help she has had will bring her ease at the end of the day.

Jan Colling – Event Organizer: "It will help me sleep better at night knowing I helped someone else."

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