The success of Hope Village isn't lost on city officials...
Minot's mayor stressed that today.
Curt Zimbelman was there when the Village was officially opened a few months after the flood hit in 2011...
He says he had high expectations for Hope Village then, and he hasn't been disappointed in what the thousands of volunteers have been able to accomplish in the valley in two years.
(Curt Zimbelman - Mayor of Minot) "I expected that they would do quite well and they have. You keep government out of things and normally it runs pretty good and that is what has happened here. It is a faith based operation among many faiths and it has worked ideally. I think a lot of areas in the US are going to look at how this was set up and how it was handled."
Kelly Buell with Presbyterian Disaster Response echoed Mayor Zimbelman's thoughts about government in today's closing ceremonies.
Buell said the city of Minot made Hope Village the focal point for recovery which was the key to volunteer success.
To date, only one disaster has followed the 'Minot model,' --- Faith Village was formed in Texas following a wild fire.