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Even after two years, some Minot families are still working to get back into their flood damaged homes.  For Minot residents, the road to recovery has been a long process.  And the journey still isn't over for all of the flood victims.  But for one Minot family, they see the light at the end of the tunnel.

 "When they were talking about the flood, in my mind I was thinking oh it will never happen here.  They built the dikes and that was never supposed to happen again because of the flood in 1969," said Carolyn "Ci Ci" Andersen, a Minot flood victim.  Unfortunately for Ci Ci, and many other Minot residents, that was not the case.  The 2011 flood devastated areas throughout the Magic City.  Four thousand two hundred homes were damaged or lost because of the Mouse River Flood.

 "I had friends, I had Church members here helping me pack to get out of here, and we thought we had another day to do that," stated Andersen.  She has been in Minot since 1989.  She purchased her first official home in Southern Minot in 1996, only blocks away from the city dikes.  When the water rose, Andersen's home was hit from two sides.  The water reached to within a foot of her ceiling.  "To walk into this home and to see how devastating it was, the mud, the crawfish, the tadpoles, the things that were on the floor, we could barely walk because of the mud was so thick," she added.

 But after two years of moving from place to place, from friends homes, to open apartments, Ci Ci and her daughter Shea are almost back into their home.  With help from the Mennonite Disaster Relief Team, and other disaster response organizations, the Andersen home has been restored, and a home dedication was held for them.  "To get to where I'm at today, to where we came from a few years ago, to know be standing in my home, where there's floors and walls and it is beautiful, the things that she and I have picked out together, I don't think I would change anything.  Even with the struggles and the hard times, I would not change anything about it," Andersen said, feeling relieved.

 Andersen and her daughter hope to be out of their FEMA trailer, and back into their permanent Minot home by the end of next week.

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