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Published February 24, 2013, 07:45 PM

Minot residents are still in need of flood recovery help

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- It's a year and a half since our neighbors in Minot dealt with that devastating flood, and still more than 170 families are without a proper home.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- It's a year and a half since our neighbors in Minot dealt with that devastating flood, and still more than 170 families are without a proper home.

A Minot Paster headed east today, to Moorhead, trying to find help in getting his town back to normal.

Last summer, Allen Wolf took a 700-mile trip from Whitefish, Montana to Minot, North Dakota, to help people still trying to rebuild from the flood.

Wolf: "We were able to get immediately go to work and work all week long. The people were very appreciative."

The Souris River overtook banks, dikes and levees in June 2011, causing the most devastating flood in the town's history.

But more than a year and a half later hundreds of residents still need help getting back home and volunteer numbers have slowed to a snail's pace.

Pastor Paul Krueger: "In many cases, they're the folks who don't have the dollars. Which means, not only are we finding the volunteers, but we're raising the money for it."

Pastor Paul Krueger from Our Savior Lutheran Church in Minot sees the need firsthand.

He is the director of the Hope Village, an organization that recruits and houses volunteers.

With so much work left to be done, he is reaching out for help from Fargo-Moorhead, a community that has been there before and seen devastation on our own riverbanks.

Krueger: "What we're looking for in particular, are folks who have some remodeling experience. That are comfortable working with sheetrock, are comfortable working with trim."

Even if you don't have those hand-on skills, you can still help out. Either by giving a monetary donation, or spreading the word of the need that is still there.

And the need is great, they estimate that one-million more volunteer hours are needed in the recovery effort. Krueger also says they are in great need of skilled electricians and plumbers.

For more information, visit hopevillagend.org.

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