Wednesday, June 22, 2011
MINOT IS FLOODING
Water is expected to reach the top of Minot's levees within the next two days. The flooding is now expected to dwarf the historic flood of 1969....
The Mouse river is rising fast...and it means 11-thousand Minot residents have to get out quickly. The city's evacuation order has been bumped up to Wednesday evening at 6:00.
The National Weather Service today updated its projections on the Mouse River today.
Releases from the Lake Darling Dam will be increased to 20,300. The water will flood Minot at a record level breaching dikes next week.
Mayor Curt Zimbleman says the water is rising fast and he says work continues to put up dikes to protect critical infrastructure and will continue until the water no longer allows.
He says the priority is to protect city infrastructure and to keep Broadway open.
The Des Lacs river is also rising and resisdents of Burlington have been ordered to evacuate by Wednesday at Noon.
Governor Dalrymple has also ordered an evacuation of rural areas between Minot and Burlington, for residents in proximity of the Souris River or Burlington Dam number one.
Sheriff deputies will be checking homes to verify people have left.
The Red Cross has set up shelters in the area. watch the video |