Collection: North Dakota Flooding

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North Dakota flooding, DR-1981, declared a major disaster by the President May 10, 2011.
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September 20, 2013
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  • After the flood when clean-up begins, contractors can be hired to remove the debris, itemize the homeowners property which was damaged for insurance purposes, and to place the debris at the curb, separated as directed by the city, for proper collection.

    Contractor Surveys House

    Video by Robert Kaufmann
    After the flood when clean-up begins, contractors can be hired to remove the debris, itemize the homeowners property which was damaged for insurance purposes, and to place the debris at the curb, separated as directed by the city, for proper collection.
  • Footage taken by Region VIII Administrator Robin Finegan while surveying damage caused by Mouse River flooding in Minot, N.D. (No sound, beside the ambient noise.)

    Aerial footage of Minot Flooding

    Video by Brian Hvinden
    Footage taken by Region VIII Administrator Robin Finegan while surveying damage caused by Mouse River flooding in Minot, N.D. (No sound, beside the ambient noise.)
  • Record-breaking flood in Minot, N.D. threatens each public school in Minot School District. The dike at Perkett Elementary School was being compromised by the movement of the flood waters until the North Dakota National Guard patched the eroded portions of the wall with one ton sand bags placed with Black Hawk helicopters.

    Minot Flooding: Saving Perkett Elementary

    Video by Robert Kaufmann
    Record-breaking flood in Minot, N.D. threatens each public school in Minot School District. The dike at Perkett Elementary School was being compromised by the movement of the flood waters until the North Dakota National Guard patched the eroded portions of the wall with one ton sand bags placed with Black Hawk helicopters.
  • Richard Serino, FEMA Deputy Administrator, visits Minot and surveys the damages created by recent flooding. He also met with survivors of the flood in the Disaster Recovery Center and the Emergency Shelter in Minot as well as FEMA's federal, state and local partners that fought this flood together.

    Deputy Admin. Serino Visits Minot

    Video by Robert Kaufmann
    Richard Serino, FEMA Deputy Administrator, visits Minot and surveys the damages created by recent flooding. He also met with survivors of the flood in the Disaster Recovery Center and the Emergency Shelter in Minot as well as FEMA's federal, state and local partners that fought this flood together.
  • An inside look into one of the emergency shelters operated by the American Red Cross at the auditorium in Minot, ND.  Executive Director of the American Red Cross Mid-Dakota Chapter, Allen McGeaugh, whose office and home were flooded in this event, explains how the Red Cross is providing assistance to the evacuated residents in this facility. The Red Cross is one of many non-governmental partners working with FEMA in the recovery efforts.

    Minot Red Cross Shelter

    Video by Robert Kaufmann
    An inside look into one of the emergency shelters operated by the American Red Cross at the auditorium in Minot, ND. Executive Director of the American Red Cross Mid-Dakota Chapter, Allen McGeaugh, whose office and home were flooded in this event, explains how the Red Cross is providing assistance to the evacuated residents in this facility. The Red Cross is one of many non-governmental partners working with FEMA in the recovery efforts.
  • Federal Coordinating Officer Willie Nunn took a tour of the rural areas in Ward and McHenry Counties in North Dakota to meet with the residents, to further assess their needs in recovering from the flooding in June 2011. Nunn traveled with Community Relation Specialists and conducts a door-to-door campaign, reaching out to neighbors encouraging them to register with FEMA.

    Visiting With Flood Survivors In Rural Areas

    Video by Robert Kaufmann
    Federal Coordinating Officer Willie Nunn took a tour of the rural areas in Ward and McHenry Counties in North Dakota to meet with the residents, to further assess their needs in recovering from the flooding in June 2011. Nunn traveled with Community Relation Specialists and conducts a door-to-door campaign, reaching out to neighbors encouraging them to register with FEMA.
  • After applicants register with FEMA, an inspector contacts them and meets them to conduct an inspection of their damaged property. This is part of an in-home inspection conducted in Minot, N.D., after the flood has receded.

    Home Inspection

    Video by Robert Kaufmann
    After applicants register with FEMA, an inspector contacts them and meets them to conduct an inspection of their damaged property. This is part of an in-home inspection conducted in Minot, N.D., after the flood has receded.
  • We work with the private sector to present our message to the public. Many businesses on the main highway going through Minot, N.D., have placed FEMA information on their electronic marquees, encouraging those impacted by the flood to contact FEMA.

    FEMA Info On Business Marquees

    Video by Robert Kaufmann
    We work with the private sector to present our message to the public. Many businesses on the main highway going through Minot, N.D., have placed FEMA information on their electronic marquees, encouraging those impacted by the flood to contact FEMA.
  • Secretary Janet Napolitano visits with state and local officials in Minot, North Dakota to survey flood damages and to promise FEMA's continued support in the recovery process.

    Secretary Napolitano Visits Minot

    Video by Robert Kaufmann
    Secretary Janet Napolitano visits with state and local officials in Minot, North Dakota to survey flood damages and to promise FEMA's continued support in the recovery process.
  • Town hall meetings provide an opportunity to deliver important recovery information to communities affected by disaster. FEMA participates by having experts speak and answer questions at these events. This is the first town hall meeting held in Morton County, North Dakota at Mandan High School.

    Town Hall Meeting

    Video by Robert Kaufmann
    Town hall meetings provide an opportunity to deliver important recovery information to communities affected by disaster. FEMA participates by having experts speak and answer questions at these events. This is the first town hall meeting held in Morton County, North Dakota at Mandan High School.
  • Debris from flood-damaged homes is brought out to the street curb by residents for U.S. Army Corp of Engineers conducted and monitored pick-up. Contractors make several passes through neighborhoods collecting debris and taking it to local land-fills.

    Debris Pick-Up in Minot

    Video by Robert Kaufmann
    Debris from flood-damaged homes is brought out to the street curb by residents for U.S. Army Corp of Engineers conducted and monitored pick-up. Contractors make several passes through neighborhoods collecting debris and taking it to local land-fills.
  • FEMA works closely with voluntary agencies to help the recovery process for residents affected by disaster. Faith-based, public and private groups offer their help in removing debris, restoring homes and doing whatever way they can.

    Volunteers Busy In Minot

    Video by Robert Kaufmann
    FEMA works closely with voluntary agencies to help the recovery process for residents affected by disaster. Faith-based, public and private groups offer their help in removing debris, restoring homes and doing whatever way they can.
  • After the flood, the Foltz family cleans out their house of debris, mold stained drywall and muck covered floors. This effort is shared by hundreds of residents as they attempt to recover from the flood-caused damage. Foltz explains the event, the process and what is ahead for his family in their recovery.

    The Foltz Family Returns Home

    Video by Robert Kaufmann
    After the flood, the Foltz family cleans out their house of debris, mold stained drywall and muck covered floors. This effort is shared by hundreds of residents as they attempt to recover from the flood-caused damage. Foltz explains the event, the process and what is ahead for his family in their recovery.
  • In North Dakota, contractors must be licensed by the state as well as go through a criminal background check and several other agencies before given a photo ID badge or license permitting them to conduct work. To expedite this process all of the agencies needed for licensing were in one location.
Contractors are in great demand in Minot where people are trying to rebuild their homes damaged by flood waters. This process allows these licensed contractors and employees to help in the recovery effort quickly.

    One-Stop Licensing for Clean Up

    Video by Robert Kaufmann
    In North Dakota, contractors must be licensed by the state as well as go through a criminal background check and several other agencies before given a photo ID badge or license permitting them to conduct work. To expedite this process all of the agencies needed for licensing were in one location. Contractors are in great demand in Minot where people are trying to rebuild their homes damaged by flood waters. This process allows these licensed contractors and employees to help in the recovery effort quickly.
  • In a disaster situation, communications between FEMA, federal, state and local agencies is critical. During life saving operations, preparations and recovery efforts, it's important that members of emergency management team communicate with one another in real time. FEMA was in Minot, North Dakota, prior to the flooding and provided radios to each agency involved in the flood fight, all operating in a single frequency, enabling cross communications with all.

    Interoperable Communications

    Video by Robert Kaufmann
    In a disaster situation, communications between FEMA, federal, state and local agencies is critical. During life saving operations, preparations and recovery efforts, it's important that members of emergency management team communicate with one another in real time. FEMA was in Minot, North Dakota, prior to the flooding and provided radios to each agency involved in the flood fight, all operating in a single frequency, enabling cross communications with all.
  • Bob Miller, Alderman for Minot City Council, Second Ward, discussing the recovery from devastating floods in Minot, N.D. The recovery efforts are a joint effort between federal, state and local governments, the private sector, the public, and faith-based and community groups.

    "We're All In It Together"

    Video by Robert Kaufmann
    Bob Miller, Alderman for Minot City Council, Second Ward, discussing the recovery from devastating floods in Minot, N.D. The recovery efforts are a joint effort between federal, state and local governments, the private sector, the public, and faith-based and community groups.
  • FEMA's Long Term Community Recovery Team begins meetings in Ward County, ND to help plan the future for these flood ravaged communities during their recovery process. Residents submit their ideas of how they want their towns to rebuild and protect themselves from possible additional disasters.

    Long Term Community Recovery Meetings

    Video by Robert Kaufmann
    FEMA's Long Term Community Recovery Team begins meetings in Ward County, ND to help plan the future for these flood ravaged communities during their recovery process. Residents submit their ideas of how they want their towns to rebuild and protect themselves from possible additional disasters.
  • Josh Duhamel encourages people to donate their time and labor to help North Dakota in its recovery efforts from this year's flooding.

    Josh Duhamel and Donating Time & Labor

    Video by Robert Kaufmann
    Josh Duhamel encourages people to donate their time and labor to help North Dakota in its recovery efforts from this year's flooding.
  • Josh Duhamel, born and raised in Minot, ND, asks the residents to take part of the long term community recovery efforts by attending these meetings and making their voices heard.

    Josh Duhamel and Community Meetings in Minot

    Video by Robert Kaufmann
    Josh Duhamel, born and raised in Minot, ND, asks the residents to take part of the long term community recovery efforts by attending these meetings and making their voices heard.
  • During disasters, live television broadcasts deliver important emergency information to the local residents. Because these briefings and announcements are live, written close captioning is not available. Wanting the information to go to the entire community, a sign language interpreter was used throughout the flooding event in Minot, ND. MariDon Sorum has been providing Sign Language from the beginning of the disaster.

    Including The Deaf Community

    Video by Robert Kaufmann
    During disasters, live television broadcasts deliver important emergency information to the local residents. Because these briefings and announcements are live, written close captioning is not available. Wanting the information to go to the entire community, a sign language interpreter was used throughout the flooding event in Minot, ND. MariDon Sorum has been providing Sign Language from the beginning of the disaster.

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