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OTRC: Josh Duhamel named honorary chairman of flood fund for Minot

Josh Duhamel appears in a still from his 2010 film, 'Life As We Know It.' (Warner Bros. Entertainment/Peter Iovino)

Actor Josh Duhamel, a Minot, North Dakota native, was named honorary chairman of a flood fund set up for the city's recovery, according to the Associated Press.

The fund will reportedly help Minot residents and those in the surrounding area with grants for construction materials, mortgage help, household items and other needs, according to the wire service.

The actor used his official Twitter page to encourage followers and celebrities like Justin Bieber, Ryan Seacrest and Will.I.Am. to donate to the Red Cross to help those affected by the flood. " #Minot is my hometown. My sister & so many close friends have lost their homes," he wrote on Saturday.

The Souris River, which flows from Canada to North Dakota, crested to record heights on Saturday, breaking flood level records set in 1881. There have been no reported deaths or injuries according to Reuters, but the floodwaters have damaged 3,000 homes and displaced more than 12,000 residents.

In January 2010, Duhamel, a member of Red Cross' national Celebrity Cabinet, organized a run for victims of Haiti's earthquake and raised over $100,000 with 2,500 runners in attendance. In March, he participated 2-mile charity run aimed at raising funds to help American Red Cross' relief efforts in Japan following its deadly tsunami and earthquake.

Duhamel has appeared in movies such as "When in Rome," "The Romantics" and "Transformers" and most recently starred in the comedy "Life As We Know It" with Katherine Heigl.

Duhamel is set to reprise his role as William Lennox from in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," which opens Wednesday.

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