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Flood evacuations in Minot, N.D., Manitobans along Souris River brace for record high water levels

June 23, 2011 Comments off

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Homes in Minot, N.D. are hit by flood waters on June 23, 2011.

Homes in Minot, N.D. are hit by flood waters on June 23, 2011.

Officials ordered immediate evacuations Wednesday in Minot, North Dakota as the area deals with the worst flooding it’s seen in more than four decades.

Meanwhile in Manitoba, the province says several communities will be bracing for rising waters with record-high flood protection levels.

In North Dakota, more than 11,000 people within the Minot flood zones –about a quarter of the city’s residents—were forced to leave Wednesday afternoon. Water from the Souris River breached Minot’s levees Wednesday afternoon.

The Souris River, which is also called the Mouse River south of the border, is expected to reach unprecedented record levels by the end of the week, cresting by June 26.

Officials say there’s nothing more they can do to hold back the water.

“What I see right now is probably the most devastating in terms of the number of people directly impacted and what will likely be the damage,” said Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk of the North Dakota National Guard.

The community was pitching in Wednesday to help those in the flood zones get out with Read more…