- The boil order has been lifted for Zones 1 and 2. Zone 1 is south of the U.S. Highway 2 and 52 Bypass in the City Limits and Zone 2 is an area of North Hill to the North Bypass in the city limits. The boil order is still in effect for all other areas of Minot and the surrounding area previously on the boil order. The city is working on flushing and testing Zone 3 and then will start on Zone 4. People still need to conserve water in all areas of Minot and the surrounding areas. The "water flushing map" which shows the boiling order zones can be found on the city's Web site (www.minotnd.org).
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved North Dakota's request to extend the deadline for Ward County residents affected by recent flooding to apply for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It was originally set to end July 13 but has been extended to July 22.
The program is for people who are not current program clients; they must now apply by July 22 to receive this one-time disaster food benefit.
The program is intended to help those who experienced disaster-related losses and lived or worked in Ward County at the time of the disaster. A qualifying family of three can receive up to $526 toward the purchase of groceries or other food products including hot foods at USDA-approved food stores.
People can apply at the Ward County Social Service Office, 400 22nd Ave. NW in Minot. The county will have extended office hours July 19-21 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. to help people apply. Regular office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. People who evacuated from Ward County can apply at the county social service office where they are temporarily living.
To determine if a household qualifies, county employees add together a family's net income and any resources they can easily access like cash on-hand, checking and savings. After that is determined, they deduct any flood-related expenses to see if a household meets the qualifying income limits.
The following donations have been made or committed to Minot and area flood victims:
- Marathon Oil's Corp. has presented a check for $17,500 to the American Red Cross to support flood relief efforts in the Minot area.
As of July 13, the American Red Cross has provided 5,245 overnight shelter stays and served more than 26,000 meals and 82,000 snacks to those impacted by flooding. Disaster mental health volunteers have made 2,246 visits, and health services volunteers have provided 2,072 visits. The Red Cross continues to shelter and feed evacuees. Additionally, those affected by the flood are picking up Red Cross clean-up kits and visiting with client caseworkers to develop a disaster recovery plan.
Individuals with questions can contact Ward County Social Service Office at 852-3552.
- Case management training will be offered Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Vincent United Methodist Church, 1024-2nd St. SE.
Case managers are volunteers who work with flood victims and walk them through the process to apply for assistance from both public and private organizations. Flood victims cannot be case management volunteers.
- Peace Lutheran Church and Grace Fellowship Church, both of Burlington, and Des Lacs Methodist Church, will host a community worship service of blessing and restoration of the city of Burlington Sunday at 1 p.m. under the tent at the Burlington Elementary School.
Karen Rath and the Dakota Rose Band, from Minot, will provide music beginning at 12:30 p.m. People should bring lawn chairs.
- Tetanus vaccination clinics have been scheduled for today at the Minot Municipal Auditorium from noon to 6 p.m. Tetanus will be the only vaccination given at these clinics. The cost for a tetanus vaccination is $53.58.
Hepatitis A vaccinations will be available on request.
- Anyone receiving a suspicious flood-related text message, e-mail or phone call can call the North Dakota Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division toll-free at 1-800-472-2600.
- The American Red Cross service delivery sites will remain open through July 22. The sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Anyone who has been affected by the flooding is encouraged to visit with a case manager to learn about the options available to them. Red Cross case managers will help residents create a roadmap and identify the options including the disaster relief agencies available for support. Residents will also receive a package with many practical use items to assist in the recovery process. The sites are located in the Minot Municipal Auditorium and Burlington/Des Lacs Elementary School in Burlington.
- American Legion members can apply for National Emergency Fund grants from the National American Legion. The grants are for Legion members who are involved in natural disasters. Funds of up to $1,500 per household are available for immediate needs including lodging and food. Those eligible must be a Legionnaire with paid 2011 membership. To obtain forms or for more information contact Jim Clifford, Minot, past North Dakota Department commander at 340-0385.
Web sites or locations
for flood-related issues:
- Ward County Web site: (www.co.ward.nd.us). The site includes Ward County Flood Re-entry information. Entry to residences can be made between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., but only if the address entered appears on this Web site.
- Residents can apply for FEMA individual assistance online at (www.disasterassistance.gov) or call 1-800-621-3362.
- Minot Area Flood Relief Fund, established by Ogden Newspapers Inc., owners of The Minot Daily News and the Pierce County Tribune in Rugby, to benefit Minot area flood victims. Donate by going to The Minot Daily News Web site. When visitors go to the site (www.minotdailynews.com), click on the "donate" button under the Minot Area Flood Relief headline, and they are directed to the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley Inc., established by Ogden Newspapers which has its headquarters in Wheeling, W.Va. The fund is also available on the Web sites of all Ogden newspapers in Minnesota and Iowa.
- Minot Area Recovery Fund: Call 852-0646; send donations to Minot Area Recovery Fund, Wells Fargo Center, 15-2nd Ave. SW, Suite 102, Minot, ND 58701 or visit (www.centerforcommunitygiving.com).
- Flood Hotline for Minot and Ward County (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.): 858-9366.
- Minot Air Force Base Emergency Family Assistance Center (emergency shelter, information, referral & support, donations): 723-4500.
- Pet shelter at North Central Research Extension Center, one mile south of Minot at 5400 Highway 83 S. Service provided by the Souris Valley Animal Shelter. The shelter at the extension center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. People do not need to call ahead to drop off pets at the extension center. However, for specific questions call 720-7203 or 240-8794.
- Salvation Army, 315 Western Ave., Minot: 838-8925.
- City of Minot Web site: (www.minotnd.org).