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Published June 21, 2011, 08:36 PM

Grand Forks Ready to Help Minot if Needed

People are wondering what they can do or what the city of Grand Forks is doing to help Minot residents battling floodwaters from the Souris River.

People are wondering what they can do or what the city of Grand Forks is doing to help Minot residents battling floodwaters from the Souris River.

City officials say right now, they're waiting to be contacted by different departments in Minot so they know exactly what they're needed for.

Officials say they haven't sent people to help in Minot because right now, the city is in evacuation mode and they don't want to be in the way.

The historic flooding is bringing back memories for survivors of the Grand Forks flood of 1997. People know all too well the troubles Minot and Bismarck residents are seeing.

Now, they're looking to help.

"We had to go through all this 14 years ago. We don't have all the answers and what may have worked for us may not work for some other communities," Grand Forks public information officer Kevin Dean said.

More than 11,000 people need to evacuate their homes in Minot by Wednesday.

Many in Grand Forks want to return a favor they received so many years ago.

"We got a lot of help from a lot of communities and from a lot of people that we'll never know who they are, where they came from. So if there is anything that we can ever do to try somehow to repay it just a small way, all of the help and all of the consideration that we got 14 years ago, we always stand ready to do that," Dean said. "The message from Grand Forks is that, 'take care of your people, take care of your families, make sure that everyone is safe, and we'll deal with the consequences afterward.'"

Dean says over the years, several different cities across the nation have contacted Grand Forks about their permanent flood protection. He says the city is willing to help where it can.

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