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Flooding worsens Minot child care shortage

MINOT, N.D. (AP) -- Efforts the past couple of years to ease a shortage of child care in Minot suffered a setback with this summer's Souris River flooding.

Kristi Asendorf with the Child Care Resource and Referral program says child care was in short supply before the river swamped much of the city, and the situation is even worse now.

She tells the Minot Daily News that the flooding forced more than 40 child care programs to evacuate, affecting more than 1,000 children. Many of those programs have not been able to resume operations because the homes and buildings that housed them are damaged.

Asendorf says Child Care Resource and Referral has focused on helping providers find temporary locations and on recruiting new providers, but the effort hasn't kept pace with the need.