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Three Years After the Crest

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Today is the three year anniversary of the crest of the Mouse River in Minot.

We talked with people this afternoon about what sticks out in their mind about that day, three years ago.

Beginning with one young man who remembers trying to help his sister escape the rising waters.

"Three years ago today, I was probably moving stuff out from what I remember. I just remember, she got stuck there. She was moving couches back. We were at my house watching it on TV, and watching the bridge, people flying across the bridge, and she was trying to get back, and the sirens were going off."

"I remember just growing up in Minot. To me it always seemed like the river was so low in the drought years, in the 80's. Just to see it that high it's like, is this really for real? It's just hard to believe."

"There's actually a field behind my house that flooded, so we were sand bagging with the National Guard behind my house."

"One of the areas in our basement was like a storage area, so I had a lot of Air Force stuff that I just had in boxes. Of course I put it up off the ground, but I never would have thought we would have had 7 ft. of water in the basement. Let alone, going south going closer to the river, ya know the water would be at the top of somebody else's house. Would have never thought that."

"We helped quite a few people that we didn't even know, because my Dad, he is a contractor, and he has two giant trailers that we can move a lot of stuff all at once."

"We lived on South Hill, so we were out of the danger zone, but we had friends and family that were flooded. We had a garage and basement full of items."

"Yeah we were pretty much over there everyday, and we would stay in her camper and work on it."

Do you think she has fully made that recovery?

"Yeah, she actually has. All she has left is her basement to redo."

"I lost, like I am 53 years old, so my mother had given me a lot of pictures when I was like a baby, and through my younger years. Well, all of that is lost. Really for me I guess my life started when I was in my 30 now, because I don't have anything to show you what I look like."

 

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