Relief work ongoing in flood-stricken North Dakota community
Volunteers from Churches of Christ Disaster Response Team are in Minot, N.D., helping church members clean up and repair flooded homes.
While flood-stricken North Dakota has disappeared from the headlines, the community’s needs remain immense, said Daniel Kelly, minister of the Minot Church of Christ. The homes of six families in the 60-member congregation sustained flooding damages, Kelly said. (We earlier reported on the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort sending a tractor-trailer load full of emergency food and supplies to help victims.)
Kelly provided this update to The Christian Chronicle:
Basically, everyone right now is still in the rebuilding process: cleaning up, gathering supplies, putting houses back together, etc. Some have made a good deal of progress while others are, just in the past couple weeks, able to get to work on their homes.
There’s a big push to get all of this done as soon as possible, especially with winter on the way. The biggest roadblocks, for the most part, are the coming winter, finding time to rebuild and, obviously, the financial problems. With the national media’s eye now gone from here, nonprofit aid obviously is slowing down. Right now we’re working with DRT in order to get volunteers to the area and in a hurry before the good weather is gone.