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ND (North Dakota) Flooding

June 23, 2011 by USA Post 

ND (North Dakota) FloodingND (North Dakota) Flooding, Plastic sheets hung over the building like a shroud, which extends from the eaves to the ground Wednesday. Through it, someone had painted the word “pray” and drawn a line called “1969″ – the water level was up where the last time the Souris River burst its banks in Minot.

That line was only 2 feet off the ground. But water is expected to rise much higher in some parts of this city of the Air Force in the coming days, as little-known channel waves of rain and snowmelt. That could bring the region’s worst flooding in four decades.

As many as 10,000 people rushed to evacuate Wednesday as the water began to spill over the levees in Minot. The river, which rises in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan and flows for a short distance, but in North Dakota, was almost certain to flood thousands of homes and businesses during the next week.

A quarter of the 41,000 residents of the city were facing a mandatory evacuation 6 pm, but emergency sirens sounded at 1 pm, warning people that the deadline had been moved for five hours. Before making his escape, city crews sandbags key structures such as water treatment plant, town hall and school buildings.

The flooding along the Souris is expected to exceed flood of 1969, possibly reaching 13 1 / 2 feet above flood stage by Monday. The river is expected to surpass the record set in 1881 by more than 5 feet.

Minot Mayor Curt Zimbelman said the river above the dams earlier than expected and urged residents to move their belongings yet to “be prepared to act quickly.”

The National Weather Service in Bismarck issued a flood warning along the river from Burlington through Minot and Logan Sawyer.

Before the sirens sounded, Laura Nessler, a nurse, saw the return of water from a bridge on Broadway, the main north south through Minot. The road was bumper-to-bumper truck carrying furniture and car trailers.

Nessler pointed to a side street that was flooded in the hours since he arrived.

“That does not have any water when I got here, and now is filling,” said Nessler.

Getchell Ashley was taking pictures to document the Broadway Bridge to flood their two young children, because “there is nowhere else to go.”

The housewife had moved most of his belongings from his home in Holiday Park Trailer Village home from a friend but did not have enough time to rescue anything.

“I lose my house,” he said calmly. “I think if anyone needs a reason to start again, that’s all.”

Further north, near the Canadian border, the river rose nearly 4 meters in the Sherwood area, where water from dams in Canada arrives in North Dakota.

Minot, the fourth largest city in North Dakota, is less than 60 miles south of the border with Canada. Founded in late 1800 during construction of the Great Northern Railway. The economy is largely based on agriculture and the Air Force Base Minot and the recent oil boom in the western part of the state.

About 500 National Guard troops were in town to help control traffic and evacuation.

Guard commander Dave Sprynczynatyk said he expects the impact of the impending flood one of the worst he has seen in his 40-year career.

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