Minot in N Dakota witnesses the worst flooding in 4 decades


North Dakota flooding
Minot (North Dakota), June 22: Minot city is witnessing the worst floods since four decades leading to the evacuation of some 12,000 people and 4,200 homes. The Minot city officials, residents and the North Dakota National Guard are working hard to carry out the massive effort. The threat was heightened when the Souris River overflowed from the banks.

The officials have sounded warning sirens so that people can leave their belongings and move to some safe place. North Dakota adjutant general, Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk has been quoted as saying, “It's a sad day for the people of this city, but one that brought the community together to ensure the safety of its citizens. Currently we have about 500 North Dakota Guard members on duty in the Minot-Burlington area during this historic flooding event. Right now our focus is on the safety of the Minot people."

Sand bagging is on in some of the dikes in Minot with plans to shut off the Broadway Bridge. Close to 275 Guard members are on duty to provide traffic control in the Bismarck and Mandan area. They are also preparing for any sort of eventualities.

Minot has a population of close to 41,000 and with the release of water from Canadian reservoirs, there has been major gushing of water to Lake Darling in North Dakota. The heavy rainfall since the last 48 hours has led to a dramatic rise of water level to 1,562.5 feet early Monday according to National Weather Service.

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