Red River Flooding Reaching Peak

The Red River, which forms the border between North Dakota and Minnesota, has broken the 112 year old flood record within the last several hours. At least one impromptu sandbag levee has broken, but was repaired. The river continues to rise. The fact that temperatures have dropped well below freezing is complicating matters a great deal. For one thing, frozen sandbags do not mush together nicely to form a water proof barrier. Last time a flood like this happened, cattle stranded in flood waters were frozen in place where they died on the hoof.

In Fargo, North Dakota, crews continue to work around the clock to shore up massive sandbag walls which are already leaking. Emergency teams pushed have been to their limits.

(So, Yoda seems to be working for NBC news)

The rising Red River broke a 112-year record early Friday and briefly breached one of the dikes fortifying the city, but the mayor pledged to “go down swinging” as he called for more evacuations and additional National Guard troops to prevent a devastating flood.

In Fargo, the dikes have been built up to 43 feet. The best guess is that the river will crest between 41.5 and 42 feet in that area. Rather than build the dikes higher, the mayor has decided to move people out of the area and hope that the estimates are correct, and that the dikes hold. The National Guard is patrolling the dikes looking for breaches.

main source: wcco

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