Last week I spent some time in Minot, North Dakota visiting my Air Force son, Sean. We rode past the damaged houses and were shocked and saddened by the devastation caused by last summer’s flood. I had heard about it and Sean had helped with sandbag positioning but nothing could prepare me for the actual areas affected.
House after house lies empty with doors agape and windows missing. Many lost their belongings and they sit rotting on the streets or hanging from the bushes along the no longer swollen river. To make matters even more difficult the oil boom in North Dakota has brought hundreds of oil workers and is making it even more difficult to find housing. I read in the local paper that unscrupulous investors have purchased houses and have doubled rents! Why is it during disasters there is always someone who is looking to profit??
I talked to one woman who told me that she managed to get most of her things out in the 48 hours they had before the river overtook its banks. Many of her neighbors did not. And almost no one carried flood insurance.
The pictures posted here are only a sampling of thousands. If you can, I recommend that you donate to Minot flood relief.