The quote above was Josh Chilcote’s reaction after driving through Minot, ND, on the way to a new job site May 30. Chilcote is an electrician with Roughrider Electric Cooperative, a Basin Electric Class C member with headquarters in Hazen.
“You forget about it when you don’t hear about it. And then you see it. Oh jeez, these people really got hit hard.”
The new job site was Oak Park, one of the parks devastated by the Mouse River flood in Minot last summer. (The Mouse River is also known as the Souris River.) More than 4,100 homes in Minot were damaged in that flood, and Oak Park was inundated with about 10 feet of water.
The Minot Park District made it a goal to revitalize Oak Park before the anniversary of the flood, which will be June 22. When Verendrye Electric Cooperative, a Basin Electric Class C member headquartered in Velva, responded to the call to do the rewiring, they knew they’d need help. Bruce Carlson, Verendrye Electric’s general manager, made some calls.
On the morning of March 30, about 60 employees representing 11 electric cooperatives and the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives showed up for the job.
One of the electricians was Josh Chilcote. He says he was happy to volunteer, and happy he was one of the lucky ones to be able to travel to Minot. Watch the video to hear Chilcote talk about the day.
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Also, watch for a video here in the coming weeks to hear from some of the Basin Electric employees who helped out.