Historic Floods Ravage North Dakota

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Souris River, which loops from Saskatchewan, Canada to North Dakota, has risen to record high levels and is spilling into the North Dakota city of Minot, causing more than 11,000 residents from there to evacuate for the second time this month. The flooding is said to have been caused by a heavy spring snow melt and heavy rains. The last major flood in the area occurred in 1969, which prompted the construction of levees. But this flood is five feet taller than the 1969 flood, and the levees are unable to contain it. 

Dave Thompson, news director for Prairie Public Radio Broadcasting, gives us the latest report from North Dakota. 


Dave Thompson

Produced by:

Alex Goldmark

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Minot and cities and towns along the Missouri River system would not be suffering such losses - some but not this bad - had the US Corp of Engineers not wanked out on their river plan and been asleep at the wheel all winter and early spring of 2011. They are inept if they did not check on snow packs and long range weather forecasts back in winter 2010 & 2011. Given the destruction we are witnessing, I'd say there is potential for criminal negligence for not focusing on flood control as the primary issue and slowly drawing down the reservoirs to the very low water limit during the winter months in anticipation of massive spring runoff. Blaming a few weeks of spring rain for this catastrophe is a tin foil hat response.

Jun. 24 2011 11:11 AM

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