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One Year Later: Flood Relief Incomplete

August 7, 2008

Rushford, MN – Almost one year after heavy floods ravaged southeastern Minnesota, life is still not back to normal for many of the area's residents. Karen Snodgrass, who works at the Lutheran Social Services Disaster Center in Rushford, says life is slowly getting back to normal, but the cleanup continues to be a struggle in all of the affected communities - for homeowners, property and businesses.

"I think, all and all, everyone's doing pretty good. They could always use more support, financially, for the unmet needs that are still here in the area."

Snodgrass is hoping for a groundswell of support, for a final push to get families back into their homes before school starts. While hundreds of houses have been rehabilitated in the region, dozens of families continue to live in FEMA trailers or elsewhere, as they wait for repairs. Part of the reason so much of the work is unfinished, she adds, is because volunteer labor is in short supply.

"We're looking for volunteers with any skill level, from 'no skills' to finish carpentry. We have a lot of work that needs to be done - sheetrocking, framing, windows trimmed, just anything you can think of. If you can come, we can find something for you to do to get these people back into their homes by the end of August."

Snodgrass says she understands why the number of volunteers has fallen off. The floods of August 2007 aren't making news headlines in most places, except locally, and there often are more urgent needs in other locations. However, as she reminds fellow Minnesotans, her area could still use some neighborly help. Prospective volunteers can call (612) 922-0776 for more informaton.

Jim Wishner/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - MN