North Dakota — As the high water situation in the Fargo-Moorhead urban area continues to stabilize and move into the recovery stage, the mission of The Salvation Army disaster relief teams just grew larger.
As a result of accelerated snow melt The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been forced to release water from dams along the regional rivers of eastern North Dakota to prevent their overflowing and possible washout or collapse. As a consequence, the upstream rural towns and villages are now confronted with contaminated water supplies, reduced food supplies and post flood clean-up.
As a consequence, The Salvation Army disaster relief operation has expanded from a 196 square mile urban area to over 4600 square miles encompassing the communities of Ashley, Ellendale, Foreman, Lisbon, Valley City and surrounding rural areas of Southeastern North Dakota.
Volunteers from the Fargo-Moorhead area amateur radio club have joined crews of The Salvation Army mobile kitchens to provide communications for the units, some of which will be travelling over 100 miles to reach the affected areas. The volunteer crews expect 14 to 15 hour days ahead as they provide help and support across such a large area.
On Thursday, April 14 two Salvation Army mobile kitchens carrying drinking water, sandwiches and energy producing snack items will be dispatched from the Fargo center to Valley City and a third will be dispatched to the community of Lisbon. In addition, a vehicle will be dispatched to drop off clean-up supplies at the communities of Foreman, Ellendale and Ashley.
Individuals and communities beyond the area outlined can obtain assistance by contacting The Salvation Army at 701-356-2252, or contacting The Salvation Army centers in Grand Forks and Bismarck.
Annette Bauer, PR Director
The Salvation Army Northern DHQ, 2445 Prior Ave, Roseville, MN 55113
651.746.3500 office, 651.238.8210 cell