Blizzard conditions in parts of North Dakota are adding to the flood worries in the Missouri and Red River valleys. And some communities in other parts of Minnesota are also facing potential flooding.
A time lapse video of sandbagging operations at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. Officials estimate the city needs two million sandbags to protect from the rising flood waters of the Red River. The time lapse shows approximately 20 minutes.
The weather caused some unexpected surprises in cities along the Red River. In Breckenridge, Minnesota low rain levels and mild temperatures helped the city. Ice has been melting and the river has been flowing freely. But that's not the case in every community.
The massive effort to prepare for what's expected to be record flooding continues today in Fargo. The good news is that city officials have some new tools to keep back flood waters.
A frenzy of activity continues in Fargo-Moorhead has the communities prepared for a potentially historic flood. Waves of volunteers from around the region laid hundreds of thousands of sandbags on top of dikes just as fast as they were filled on Tuesday trying to keep thousands of homes in new neighborhoods dry from flood waters.
The National Weather Service lowered its crest forecast for
Wahpeton, N.D., and Breckenridge, Minn., downward to 18 feet by
Wednesday morning, well below those cities' dikes.
Volunteers scurry to build a floodwall and a dike across the main entry into the city of Breckenridge, Minn., from North Dakota as the Red River contiues to rise.
Communities all along the Red River Valley are preparing for the floodwaters to come.
The potential for flooding is very different in some Red River valley communities, because of measure that were taken after the 1997 floods.
Volunteers swarmed through Fargo-Moorhead neighborhoods to build sandbag dikes as the Red River rose quickly across backyards.
North Dakota State University canceled
classes and students from colleges and high schools were bused to
sandbag sites Monday as Fargo-area residents raced to hold off the
rising Red River.
A list of resources with information about the flooding in the Red River Valley.
City officials in Fargo-Moorhead are describing the potential flood situation there as urgent.
A rain storm changed flood forecasts on Sunday, and the Red river in Fargo-Moorhead is expected to rise higher and more quickly than previously thought.
Rising crest predictions for the Red
River have Moorhead city officials pleading for more help and
warning gawkers to stay away from the swollen Red River.
The race to fill 1.5 million sandbags to
fight what could be record flooding has shifted into high gear with
the addition of 225 National Guard soldiers and more cutting-edge