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Associated Press, Published November 19 2013

17 months after flood, Minot housing project for recovery volunteers closes

MINOT, N.D. — A faith-based effort to provide housing for flood recovery volunteers in Minot has ended, after 17 months of helping North Dakota's fourth-largest city rebound from a historic Souris River flood.

Hope Village hosted nearly 400 teams with a total of nearly 5,300 volunteers from 48 states and five Canadian provinces.

Officials say the volunteers helped about 550 homeowners with repairs. Hope Village Board President Paul Krueger estimates the value of the volunteer help at $3.25 million.

Many organizations with several church denominations took part in Hope Village. The final few mobile homes were closed Monday.

The June 2011 flood caused by heavy spring snowmelt and rains damaged or destroyed more than 4,000 homes, businesses and other structures in Minot.