The crest has happened in Velva at 1514.5, less than expected by three and one half feet. Â Word was received about 11 am, June 27th. Â So far the town is dry. Â Jubilant in a small way, as we know so many in Minot and downstream were not so lucky. Â The river will slowly go down and could still cause trouble but we are at a milestone.
Thanks to Shannon Bushnell for these photos of the flood scene in Minot (North Dakota).
I have been watching and watching the news for the past week as all of the people of Minot (North Dakota) have done to keep up with the latest information.Â I feel like a boxer in the 9th round of a heavy weight bout who has been hit with punch after punch after I watch the water rise on the city. Currently just after 9:00 am the Souris River level is at 1561.53 and still two feet from the projected crest which is expected in the late night hours tonight or early Sunday morning.
For myself, and I am sure everybody of Minot, we are ready for the crest of the Mouse river.Â The water is not supposed to subside substantially for a week or two, but residents want to get back in to their homes to start the process to rebuild their lives and homes.Â Ward county and Burleigh county got word yesterday that they are now eligible for individual assistance from FEMA. Its great news and we can thank our congressmen, mayor and governor for that good news.
I took a little “me” time and went and played tennis for an hour and a half yesterday afternoon and I managed to watch the Chicago Cubs win their ball game last night.Â Today, I have a wedding that I am attending.Â They have also been affected by the flood, their home had been inundated with water, there is NO rooms in Minot or surrounding areas, but they forged on and their wedding will happen today.Â We have strong willed people in Minot who will not have a flood dictate their lives.
These pictures were taken this morning around 9 o’clock. Â Emotions in Burlington are running high after everybody woke up this morning and found that the water had come up to the roofs of a lot of the houses.Â As you drive through the only half of town you can, you can see 4 campers, and lots of trucks and equipment.Â You go a little farther and there is my neighborhood where EVERYBODY has been more than willing to open there garages to help people store things. Â The school is right next to my neigborhood and is home to over 30 campers belonging to displaced families.Â The Red Cross is located right in the school where families have showers and food to enjoy.Â The gas station is down the street from there and there are writings on the windows such as “Thank you for helping Burlington,” which is just one more example of how close our community has come together.Â The fire hall is just down the street from there and is the busiest place in town.Â There are many officials there that keep everything going to help this town.Â Sadly, we have lost the fight but I am very proud to call my hometown Burlington, North Dakota.
Editor’s note: Read more about the Burlington flood in this article: “Half of Burlington’s residents flee to escape Souris”
Thank you to Shannon Kay Bushnell of Minot (North Dakota) for allowing us to pull these photos from her Facebook page. Click on an image below (under the editor’s note) to view a larger version of that image.
Editorâ€™s note: If you would like to contribute photos, descriptions or video of the western-central North Dakota floods to this blog email Shane Mercer at firstname.lastname@example.org to become a community contributor. Thank you.
On Tuesday, June 21st, 2011, i raised the question to KX Minot (North Dakota), when the flood peaks at the highest level, what would be do for resources, more specifically, groceries.Â From University heading North, there are only a couple gas stations, a couple resturaunts, an airport, hotels, but no hospital or grocery store.
The current river stage is currently at 1558.0 and expected to rise rapidly by tomorrow.Â It was announced yesterday that there was a concern of the city being divided into 2 sections:Â North and South.Â Yesterday (June 23rd, 2011) KX Minot (North Dakota) did address on tv that Trinity Hospital is now prepared to move a temporary hospital up North with emergency care being handled with helicopters and emergency vehicles.Â There is talk of Marketplace Foods moving they’re evacuated store from Arrowhead shopping centerÂ up here, whether it be in a building or an emergency truck.
Whether or not, this all takes place, it’s all a waiting game in Minot (North Dakota).Â Everyone has been safely evacuated along with my mom who lives right accross Minot State University.Â The mood here has been very somber as you hear stories of people who can’t go to work and can’t sleep in they’re own beds.
On a more positive note, the generosity of the citizens here and accross the country to volunteer has been outstanding!Â And a special thanks to Josh Duhamel who has raised awareness on a national level!
The current level in Minot (North Dakota) had jumped to 1557.08 in the last couple of hours.Â WatchingÂ KX News we have seen a lot of garbage floating in the river.Â There have also been reports of propane tanks that have been spotted in the river.
My apartment across from the University is starting to see the water creep near it.Â The releases from Lake Darling is at 26,000 cfs.Â Normally the water takes a day and a half to get to Minot (North Dakota), but at the speed the water is traveling the incereased water is expected to arrive in the Minot (North Dakota) area within 24 hours.
There has been a call out to all Minot (North Dakota) residents to stay at home today and off the streets so contractors can get the work of the seconday dikes done.Â At about 10 or 10:30 am I will be conducting an interview with KMOT about being displaced.
Today will be the day of massive water flowing through Minot.Â I will keep you updated on important informaion as it happens
Today another slap in the face came our way. Â The increase for the river is up to 29,000 Cfs, coming from Canada. Â Velva (North Dakota) will crest on Monday, June 27 at 1515.5. Â Yesterday was 1514. Â Our existing dikes can handle 1515. Â The Corp. is now directing the addition of 2 feet to our levees. Â The heavy trucks go up and down the main street of our once sleepy little town in an effort to give us two feet of freeboard and save our town. Â It is a gamble we have to take.
We, at the Davis establishment, have begun our weary trail of emptying the basement. Tomorrow some of the kids will come and march the contents of Â our finished basement onto a flat bed trailer.
As I swing by the TV for any updates that seem to only bring more doom, I heard we could dial 211 for the stressed out (can’t recall what its official name is ) hotline. Â Nothing like a flood fight to bring out the ragged edges of Â a marriage. Â I don’t doubt they receive their share of calls. Â We, ourselves, may have to swing by divorce court before it is all over.
Now blogging from my blackberry. Minot State University (North Dakota) has closed through friday and Broadway the main road which was our main north and south road throuth the city is now closed. Many homes have already been overtaken with water. The new crest in minot is 1566 is now projected in Minot.
Thanks to Ondine Baird for these photos from Burleigh County, of which Bismarck, North Dakota, is the county seat. Thanks, Ondine! Click on one of the small pictures below (under the editor’s note) to see a larger version of that image.
Editorâ€™s note: If you would like to contribute photos, descriptions or video of the western-central North Dakota floods to this blog e-mail Shane Mercer at email@example.com to become a community contributor. Thank you.