Minot Flood 2011
June 22, 2011 by staff
Minot Flood 2011, Thousands of residents of Minot are facing a deadline Wednesday to evacuate their homes for the second time in the spring as the output of the Souris River nears flood the city of North Dakota, which is expected to be the worst flooding in four decades.
The authorities have ordered around 11,000 people, a quarter of city residents to evacuate by 6 pm However, they warned, even that term may be too generous, and said they are willing to sound the warning sirens if water spills over the protective levees earlier Minot.
“Public safety is paramount,” Mayor Curt Zimbelman said Tuesday. “The water is rising rapidly, and people need to evacuate as soon as possible.”
Souris River water, which loops under Canada North Central North Dakota and is swollen by the spring thaw and rain on both sides of the border, is expected to top the levees of the city in two days.
An avalanche is expected to dwarf the historic floods of 1969, when the Souris reached 1554.5 meters above the sea level. Zimbelman said the river was now only a tenth of an inch shy of that level on a bridge Tuesday afternoon. It is expected to reach about 1563 meters this weekend – beating the record of 1558 meters set in 1881 for Friday or Saturday.
About 10,000 residents were evacuated Minot earlier this month before hitting the river 1554.1 feet. They were later allowed to return to their homes, but said he was ready to leave again quickly.
The flood of 1969 led the Army Corps of Engineers to build a levee system has been strengthened several times since then. However, the levees are unable to contain the latest trends from southern Saskatchawan.
Zimbelman said the teams are focusing efforts on building levees to protect critical infrastructure such as sewer, water plants, schools and City Hall. The city is also working on plans to put out side dams of marginal areas.
Officials from Minot International Airport, located on a hill in the northern part of the city, said the airport would remain fully operational.
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