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Thankful for the Help

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The Recovery Warehouse has helped supply numerous flooded homeowners with material to rebuild homes.

Carol Ness is one of them.

She estimates the warehouse saved her upwards of 30 thousand dollars in material costs in the process of rebuilding her home in southeast Minot.

Perry Olson talked with her today...just a few months after she was able to move back to her new home.

(Carol Ness - Minot) "It is wonderful...it is beautiful.

This is Carol Ness home -- it is brand new, rebuilt from the flood, thanks in large part to the work of the Recovery Warehouse. Where she sits now is a far cry from two years ago...at that point -- her future was a mystery.

(Carol Ness - Minot) "I wasn't eligible for the different loans and such so how I was going to build a home I had no idea how. I was determined, but I would probably be still in the FEMA trailer.

But the FEMA unit is gone now -- moved off the lot this past September 11th -- her new, larger home is complete thanks to material from the warehouse, and labor from many groups -- especially the Mennonites.

(Carol Ness - Minot) "Were it not for the Recovery Warehouse or the Mennonites and their volunteers I wouldn't have a home, period. I don't know how I would have been able to afford it, much less construct a home."

The warehouse supplied the materials needed -- lumber, subflooring, nails, screws, drywall, house wrap, insulation... Pair that with the labor involved to build this up...and she had a home coming together.

(Carol Ness - Minot) "Nov. 26th of last year...I had gone to work and I came home and I had exterior walls. The next day I had a roof...I had shingles.

That trend slowly continued...and this September she was home -- facing new questions...

(Carol Ness - Minot) "Where am I going to put things? How long is it going to take to adjust? But like I said, it has been two months and this feels like home now.

Thanks in large part to a large effort at Recovery Warehouse. In Minot, Perry Olson, KX News.

Carol was mortgage free before the flood on her home...and thanks to the help of so many, she remains mortgage free today -- even after her new home has been constructed.

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