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LSS to assess Ellendale flood damage

An assessment of recent flood damage is underway through Saturday for Ellendale, N.D., said Charlie Russell, Dickey County emergency manager.

“We’ve heard the stories but until we know the needs we really can’t do anything,” Russell said.

Cari Logan, a humanitarian special projects team lead for Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota Disaster Response, will interview residents from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, from 9 a.m. to noon and by appointment in the afternoon Friday, and by appointment from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The interviews will be in the Dickey County Emergency Operations Center at 205 15th St. N.

“I will be in the community to talk to people directly and collecting as much information as people have available,” Logan said. “It will just be a general assessment of needs so that we can call upon our North Dakota partners to assist with those needs.”

LSS North Dakota Disaster Response is a partner with Voluntary Organization Active in Disasters, Russell said. The assessments and disaster relief applications will help LSS and its VOAD partners try to find possible foundation or corporate assistance to replace appliances, repair or renovate damage homes and other specific needs.

“Part of this assessment is to see what the real needs are,” Russell said.

Up to 8 inches of rain fell on Ellendale on July 19-20, Russell said. The storm drains and sanitary systems were overwhelmed with water and raw sewage, damaging 24 homes along with churches and businesses, he said.

To interview about flood related damage, contact Russell at 320-6299 or call Logan at 701-271-3243.

The North Dakota Community Foundation established the Ellendale Flood Relief Fund to assist individuals affected by the flooding. Tax-deductible donations can be made online at https://ndcf.net, search for Ellendale on the donate tab, or mail a check to North Dakota Community Foundation, P.O. Box 387, Bismarck, ND 58502 with "Ellendale Flood Relief Fund" in the memo line of the check. For more information, call 701-222-8349.

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