North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Friday that he intends to keep close watch over the cumulative emotional stress that Mouse River valley community residents are under as the recovery effort continues.
Dalrymple was in Minot to observe the progress the community is making in the wake of the disaster it experienced.
While in town, he and first lady Betsy Dalrymple were given a personal tour of Ramstad at the Auditorium by Principal Jim Tschetter.
The Dalrymples were joined by Maj. Gen. Murray Sagsveen, the state's flood recovery coordinator, as well as state senators Randy Burckhard and Karen Krebsbach.
While at Minot Municipal Auditorium, the group also sat down with members of Project Renew, a crisis outreach service for impacted residents.
Project Renew team members go out into the community to offer support to flood victims for emotional issues and provide lists of available resources to aid in recovery.
"We've been seeing a lot of fatigue," team leader Mark Schaefer told Dalrymple. "People are tired, they've been working on their homes or others' homes."
Another issue is stress on families that have been cohabitating due to the temporary or permanent loss of a residence during the flood.
"Sometimes there's 12 people living in a home that's built for four or five," Schaefer said. "So there starts to be some strain there."
Schaefer said team members go out into the affected areas to talk to the victims, and encourage them to be proactive in taking steps toward any type of solution. If they sense a need for a referral to a mental health professional, they do so.
Any data collected is confidential. Schaefer said the project outreach should be active for the next "nine to 11 months."
Dalrymple said he would like to receive periodic reports from the program in order to monitor the overall emotional state of the area, as well as taking a look at the data already collected.