Watford City community rallies for tornado victims

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (KFYR) The damage from the storm displaced many residents around the Watford City area.

Many people displaced by the storm turned to the Watford City Civic Center for shelter.

It's a community effort with many different groups pitching in to help.

“It was scary, the last few hours were scary,” said Ashraf Gadim, a resident displaced from the storm.

As safety concerns grew for residents caught in the extreme weather, so did the response from the community.

“One of the Sheriff guys came out and warned guys, hey you need to get out and go to the civic center, so I grabbed my pickup and on the way out I saw a lot of bad stuff I've never seen in my life,” said Gadim.

Gadim was one of many who fled from home to seek shelter at the Watford City Civic Center.

“You see fear in them. I mean your heart hearts for them, just trying to take care of them. So many people throughout the county are starting to call with 'what can I do, what do you need?’” said Karolin Jappe, McKenzie County Emergency Manager.

Outfitting the shelter with food, water, and other supplies kept Jappe up all night.

“We'll make it through this. We're going to do all we can for these people and four years ago we made it through that one. That was a little bigger but we know what to do now,” said Jappe.

Even with the Red Cross and other relief groups here to help, Jappe says they're going to need the whole community to get involved to help bring people back.

“It's a community effort. We're here for these people and we want to help them get back on their feet, and have a good start, and we'll do it again,” said Jappe.

Helping their own recover after a night that will be hard to forget.

Those interested in lending a hand are encouraged to go to the McKenzie County Emergency Facebook page.