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Sylvester woman's family evacuated from Minot flooding

SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) – The record flooding that's plaguing Minot, North Dakota hits home for a Sylvester woman.

Jennifer Manders grew up in Minot and several of her family members still live there.

"I have aunts, uncles, cousins, my parents are there. My whole family is there. It's a good town to grow up in," said Manders.

But the street where she grew up is now only accessible by boat. Much of the town is underneath the waters of the Souris River.

Rainfall coupled with melting Canadian snow sent the Souris flowing over levees and into the streets of North Dakota's 4th largest city. Manders says at least 50 family members have been evacuated.

But of the 12,000 people displaced, there is overwhelming presence of human kindness.

"265 had to go to shelters. Everyone else had family or friends that they could go and stay with. My brothers friend has 13 people staying with him right now. And it could be up to a year before they get in their homes," Manders said.

Manders' father saw his own home on TV - an aerial view that showed water above his the front door. He and his wife are living out of RV outside their son's home. With no flood insurance there is only one option.

"Rebuild," said Manders. "He says he has no other choice. He has to rebuild. I don't know what everybody's going to do. There's so many people that have lost so much."

The only good news to come out of this - the river crested Sunday two feet below what was predicted - but it's still a long road ahead.

"Anyone that can pray for them please do. They need it," Manders said.

It's something those who remember south Georgia's floods of '94 and "98 can attest to.

For information on how you can help the people of Minot click here.

 

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