OB Adopts N.D. Town Affected by Flooding

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CBNNews.com - Operation Blessing International will arrive in North Dakota Monday, to help residents as they recover from floodwaters that engulfed their homes and businesses last week.

The Christian charity has adopted the small town of Linton, N.D., which has reportedly received little help since flooding from the Missouri River began there March 22.

Crews will begin distributing hot meals on Tuesday, as well as helping officials with clean up efforts. About 70 homes were destroyed by floodwaters as high as four feet in some areas.

OB will also pass out plastic bins for residents to put their remaining belongings in.

Town Struggling

Before the flooding, Linton had already been struggling economically.

Nearly 300 of the town's 1,000 or so residents say they lost their jobs in the last month. Emmons County Emergency Manager Shawna Paul also told OB it's possible more than 80 percent of the homes hit by flooding did not have adequate insurance.

FEMA will head to the city next week to assess the amount of assistance needed. The North Dakota National Guard will leave the area Monday, after days of assisting officials with evacuation and clean up.

Red River Finds A Way

Meanwhile in Fargo, N.D., levees and sandbags failed to hold back water from the Red River this weekend.

On Sunday, Mayor Dennis Walaker warned residents to expect waters to remain high through next week.

His prediction came after a levee breech led to the flooding of a Lutheran elementary school in Fargo.

Many residents gathered for church service Sunday morning, to pray that floodwaters from the Red River would cease.

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