A new milestone has been reached in flood recovery in Ward County.
The Recovery Warehouse has provided building materials for more than 200 households in the past two years and with many needs taken care of, they have now reached a point that they're able to downsize operations.
As Jennifer Thorgramson tells us, Recovery Warehouse is reaching out to a few more flooded homeowners --- hundreds of miles away.
Recovery Warehouse was a solution of support.
In two years, Recovery Warehouse made more than 1,000 deliveries, helped more than 200 homes, and distributed more than one million dollars worth of building materials.
(Mary Barker, Recovery Warehouse) "Beyond our wildest dreams we never thought we would be able to put so many dollars of materials into homes in the valley."
Mary says the experience has made her more aware of natural disasters --- and one in particular caught her attention.
Waynesville, Missouri, experienced high rain and flash floods in August.
She sent a box of 3M masks right away and she heard back from officials in Waynesville three weeks later.
(Mary Barker, Recovery Warehouse) "They'd just started getting their long term recovery committee together. They had just been denied FEMA funds. They'd lost 248 homes. Another flooded community is in need and we know what that is. We know what they have before them. So it would be a good thing to pay it forward."
With permission from Pella Heartland, and transportation assistance from Convoy of Hope, Recovery Warehouse is paying forward rebuilding materials to Waynesville: new doors, new windows and insulation.
(Michael Guiles, Construction Manager, Long-term Recovery Committee) "Where the water damage was, the mold damage removed and now we're at the point that we're rebuilding. Anything we can get that helps with the rebuilding process is greatly appreciated by the people that are involved in the rebuilding. We love you guys for it."
Recovery Warehouse is down-sizing in Minot, the need is now better served by an online presence rather than a three building warehouse.
(Mary Barker, Recovery Warehouse) "We're not done yet. I know we all want to be done. And we don't want to hear about the flood anymore. But we're not done. There's still people who are in need who need the support."
That support is now bridging troubled water from North Dakota to Missouri.
Near Burlington, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.
Recovery Warehouse began when City of Minot officials pledged a year's rent for the buildings.