As flood projections in Minot, N.D., worsen, more residents of this town have been forced to leave their homes ahead of the advancing Souris River.
The American Red Cross has two shelters open in Minot, with others on standby in nearby Burlington and Bismarck. More than 200 people stayed in the Red Cross shelters in Minot on Thursday night.
Approximately 4,000 homes are estimated to be affected by the floods in Minot, in addition to 200 in Burlington. As evacuations expand in Minot and nearby towns, it is expected that more residents will seek shelter with the Red Cross.
Red Cross workers are providing sleeping accommodations, meals, health services and emotional support for those impacted by the flooding. Relief supplies have also been pre-positioned on the north and south side of the river in case road access across Minot becomes impassible.
Supplies such as cots, blankets, meals and comfort items were sent into the area previously to prepare for what could be an extended relief operation. According to FEMA, people could be out of their homes for as long as a month.
More Red Cross volunteers from across North Dakota and around the country are now on their way to the state to assist with this disaster relief effort.
How You Can Help
This spring has brought destruction to a large portion of the U.S. Since March 31, the American Red Cross has launched 42 relief operations in 29 states to help people affected by tornadoes, floods and wildfires —
- Serving more than 3.1 million meals and snacks;
- Opening more than 270 shelters and providing 35,000 overnight stays;
- Providing more than 73,000 mental health and health consultations;
- Handing out more than 1.4 million relief items like toothbrushes and shampoo, tarps, coolers, rakes and other cleanup supplies; and
- Deploying more than 12,000 trained disaster relief workers from all 50 states.
The Red Cross estimates that it will spend as much as $51 million responding to the disasters that have affected the country since March 31.
Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. This gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS; you can also text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.