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Published June 27, 2011, 12:00 AM

Photo gallery: Celebration and struggle amid the flooding in Minot and Velva

Photos of the Velva and Minot floods by Forum photographer David Samson


A scene from Velva, North Dakota. David Samson/The Forum

  • A scene from Velva, North Dakota. David Samson/The Forum
  • Floodwaters fill the Holy Cross Cemetery in Velva, N.D. on Saturday,June 25, 2011. David Samson / The Forum
  • Trevor Anderson lifts a car door to Jamey Reiswig as he takes auto parts from his garage in Velva, N.D. on Saturday,June 25, 2011. David Samson / The Forum
  • From left, Clint Shattuck, Dallas Hansen and Tom Malmeno move a refrigerator from the Margaret Lachenmeier home in Velva, N.D. on Saturday,June 25, 2011. David Samson / The Forum
  • Velva resident Donna Keller looks over items in her home that have been placed on tables for storage to keep them above possible floodwaters. David Samson / The Forum
  • Andrew Hagen and his sister-in-law, Katie Hagen, load items from the Velva Library for storage on Saturday,June 25, 2011. David Samson / The Forum
  • Trucks hauling clay for dike building drive into Velva, N.D. on Saturday,June 25, 2011. David Samson / The Forum
  • Amy Redding gathers food and drink for truck drivers hauling clay from the family property located north of Velva, N.D. on Saturday, June 25, 2011. David Samson / The Forum
  • Clay for dike building is taken from the Bud Redding propety located noth of Velva, N.D. on Saturday,June 25, 2011. David Samson / The Forum
  • Velva volunteer fireman Terry Peterson takes a breather at the Bud Redding property north of Velva, N.D. on Saturday, June 25, 2011. David Samson / The Forum
  • Redisdents pack up and move out of Velva, N.D. on Saturday, June 25, 2011. David Samson / The Forum
  • Paul Thomas, incident commander for the city of Velva, looks over the city map on Saturday, June 25, 2011. David Samson / The Forum
  • Peter Engh and Tiffany Johnson are congratulated by guests after their wedding ceremonies at Our Savior Lutheran Church on Saturday, June 25, 2011 in Minot, N.D. David Samson / The Forum
  • Newlyweds Tiffany Johnson and Peter Engh walk down the aisle after their wedding ceremony at Our Saviour Lutheran Church on Saturday, June 25, 2011 in Minot, N.D. David Samson / The Forum
  • Connie Engh, left, and Mary Johnson steam bridesmaid dresses Friday night before the wedding of their children Tiffany Johnson and Peter Engh in Minot. David Samson / The Forum
  • The city of Minot, N.D., features a hilly landscape with the river in the valley compared to flat elevation of Fargo. David Samson / The Forum
  • The Rev. Dan Voth from Our Savior Lutheran Church chats with guests after worship service held at the Vegas Motel in Minot on Sunday, June 26, 2011. David Samson / The Forum
  • The Rev. Fred Harvey and Monsignor Joseph Senger lead catholic mass services Sunday at the Knights of Columbus in Minot on Sunday, June 26, 2011. David Samson / The Forum
  • Dione Bohl receives a hug from Ruth Kihm Sunday morning nbefore the catholic mass service held at the Knights of Columbus in Minot. Bohl lost her home in the flood. David Samson / The Forum
  • The Rev. Fred Harvey prepares for catholic mass at the Knights of Columbus on Sunday, June 26, 2011, in Minot. David Samson / The Forum
  • A North Dakota  Army Guard water purification unit is set up across the street from Trinity Hospital in Minot on Sunday; June 26; 2011. David Samson/The Forum David Samson / The Forum