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Calls Out for Volunteers, Contributions for Flood Victims

September 10, 2007

As state lawmakers and the Governor negotiate the details of a special session to address the impact of last month's record rains and floods in southern Minnesota, volunteer agencies are stepping in to try to address the area's immediate needs. Calls are out for skilled volunteers and financial contributions to help with cleanup and rebuilding efforts underway.

Cindy Johnson, of Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota, says the impact on communities has been profound.

"They have lost so much, and their lives were turned upside-down. Most folks have never experienced this kind of disaster and are unsure of where to turn."

Minnesota will provide $32 million in aid for homeowners, businesses and local governments, according to Governor Pawlenty. Johnson says that's a good start, but the losses are much higher and help from individual Minnesotans is desperately needed.

"People are saying they don't know where to turn or what to do. Some are faced with deciding whether or not to stay, having lost both their business and home. It's a sad, sad time for people and we are seeing a lot of tears."

In addition to financial contributions, Johnson says there's an urgent need for volunteer electricians and plumbers.
If you're interested in helping, find details online, at www.lssmn.org

Jim Wishner/John Robinson, Public News Service - MN