Gov. Jack Dalrymple, First Lady Betsy Dalrymple, members of North Dakota's Young Professionals Network and other volunteers slipped on work gloves Thursday to help Minot and surrounding areas recover from last year's historic Souris River flood.
The Governor, First Lady and other volunteers loaded siding and other building materials onto trailers at the Minot Flood Recovery Warehouse about three miles west of Burlington. The volunteers also hauled the donated materials to sites in the Minot area where residents and volunteers are repairing food-damaged homes.
The Governor, First Lady and members of North Dakota's Young Professionals Network also volunteered at Minot's Roosevelt Park Zoo where floodwaters reached as high as 12 feet during last year's flood. The volunteers scraped and painted buildings within the zoo's North American exhibit area. The Minot Park District successfully removed all of the zoo's 250 animals before it was overtaken by floodwater. With the help of volunteers, the park district continues to rebuild.
"Great progress has been made in the Minot area since last year's historic flood, but it's important that our flood recovery efforts continue to move forward at a steady pace," Dalrymple said. "The state is committed to helping Minot and Ward County recover from the flood and to provide area residents with long-term flood protection, but volunteers will continue to play a critical role in the rebuilding process."
Dalrymple recruited volunteers to help restore the Minot zoo while speaking earlier today at the Great Plains Young Professionals Summit. The Governor told about 100 members of the Young Professionals Network that their dedication to career goals and to community help drive North Dakota's continued success. Founded in 2004, North Dakota Young Professionals is a statewide network dedicated to advancing career opportunities and community involvement for young professionals throughout the state. The network has grown to include about 700 members.
Dalrymple also toured the Quentin Burdick Job Corps and stopped at Hope Village, Minot's headquarters for flood recovery volunteer services.