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AG NEWS SIDNEY HERALD SUNDAY. MAYr26.20|9 AI 3 REBUILDING FROM PAGE 12 ple who helped us pack up. What they did was amazing." A rallying cry While the families struggle to regroup, the community has been actively trying to help them. A number of fund— raisers have been held to raise money for various benefit funds. There’s been no FEMA individual assistance. Officials with the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services said the level of damage sustained in the area wasn’t enough to submit a request to the federal agency for individual assistance. Meanwhile, the North Dakota legislature ap- proved low-interest loans of up to $75,000 for the families in that area to use toward the cost’of rebuilding. That’s just a fraction of what a new home is going to cost, Damm ac- knowledged, but she still SUBMITTED An angel showed up as friends and family were helping Jack and Jacki Damm pack up their belongings from their flooded home. sees it as helpful. “Seventy-five thou- sand doesn’t sound like a lOt when you are buy- ing a house,” she said. “But it’s still cash in your pocket. You don’t have to pay on it for two years, and it’s such low interest.” Damm said she’s been grateful for all the help from the community, and that it has meant the world to her, to find herself living in a place where neighbors come together. “No one owes us a home,” she said. “It wasn’t anyone’s fault. It’s not our fault. Every- thing people have do- nated has been a gift. It’s just a gift from our fam- ily, friends and commu- nity. And every bit of it is helpful, in every way.” Karolin Jappe, emer- gency management director of McKenzie County, has also been trying to raise addition- al money to help the fam- ilies, with an effort simi- lar to one she made after a deadly tornado struck Watford City last year. She’s set up a benefit fund for unmet needs, which will be adminis- tered by Lutheran Social Services. Families in the flooded area will fill out an application, and an Unmet Needs Com- mittee, comprised of members of the Fairivew Cartwright community, will meet with the fami- lies and review the appli- cations before deciding how best to divide what- ever is available in the fund. _ Jappe said fundraising has been good, but not as good as it was for the tornado. “With the tornado, Three ways to help A benefit fund has been set up to help the Fairivew-Cartwright families affected by the spring flooding. Lutheran Social Services is administering the funds through an unmet needs committee, which will determine how best to divide the funding up. Donations to it can be made online at https://bit.ly/20MW98p 2Fairview Ministerial Alliance has been collecting funds to give the families prepaid Visa cards to help them with immediate needs that they may have. Funds can be contributed to that at Merchants Bank. 3Watering Hole plans a barbecue fundraiser from to 7 pm. June 15. The restaurants bartenders, casino attendants and cooks are all donating their time for the event. All of the sales for food and alcohol that day will be divided up and given to the flood victims on a prepaid Visa card. "That way, they all get something,” said ,..\ (INN. urination" ’ ' M31965 17 Ex]; Hence "16 Eagle Country Ford .-... Kim Fa/kenhagen, who is organizing the event. "This is something we are doing from 'us at the bar, to make ‘it more personal to them. That we care, too.” Difieiwce Forthose who have given and those who continuetn give, welHllNK YUU it was easy, we raised $275,000 in 45 days, maybe less,” She said. “This (effort) has been longer.” There was a fatality in if." the tornado, Jappe ac- knowledged, which often tends to prompt more donations. better than the tornado, f new" An aerial photo of Jack and Jacki Damm's flooded home. \_ “In one sense, this is because no lives were lost,” Jappe said. “But in other ways, you really have to pull your boots up here. It’s tough on these people.” SUBMITTE