Flood risk prompts evacuations in Minot, North Dakota
Floodwater from a rising Souris River approaches a home in Minot, North Dakota.
June 21st, 2011
06:32 PM ET

Flood risk prompts evacuations in Minot, North Dakota

[Updated at 9:03 p.m. ET] Authorities have ordered the evacuation of some 12,000 people from the city of Minot, North Dakota, and surrounding areas because of expected record flooding, officials said Tuesday.

The swollen Souris River flows straight through the city and is expected to overwhelm area levees, said Cecily Fong, spokeswoman for the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services. Minot, located in the north central part of the state, is the fourth-largest city in North Dakota.

The evacuation order covers between a quarter and a third of the city's population, Fong said. Residents have until 6 p.m. CT Wednesday to leave their homes.

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  1. waterlogged

    We found ten already bagged. (whistle, hands in pockets)

    June 21, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ben

    @XotiXic: it doesn't matter whether your talking per capita or not, when you have a low population center it stand to reason that you're going to have a low per capita crime rate dunderhead. The fewer people there are in a community the fewer criminals there are going to be(hence lower per capita crime rate) it's not rocket science.

    June 21, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ben

    Yes it should've been you're as in you are not your.

    June 21, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. nodakians

    Wow sorry to read about the impending catastrophe as your mayor said. .

    June 21, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freeland Dave

      I am hearing "record flooding" and "the worse in history" about this flood and would like to clear the air about this before it goes into a "Global Climate Change" panic.

      Go to Google Earth, a nice tool you can download for free that will educate you on many things if you have a mind willing to learn.

      While it's nice to look at the pretty picture people post there and has a lot of "Social" information that is valuable, it has geographical scientific FACTS that you should also know.

      Basically it comes to this. As you approach Minot from the north, which I have done countless times as I use to maintain a lot of communications for the military there, when you are driving towards town you don't see much of anything until you get to the airport. Then the town extends in front of you as you descend some 200 feet until you get to the river and then ascend another 200 feet once you cross the river and exit town to the south.

      Now, ask yourself a very simple question. What caused that 200 feet deep canyon where Minot is nestled in to avoid the harsh winter snow storms that frequent the area?

      Did they carve out all that land so they could put Minot there? Or did the river carve it out? My thinking is that the river, over hundreds, if not thousands of years did the job and what we are seeing is nothing more than the planet doing the same thing it has been doing for the thousands of years since the last ice age.

      You may want to punish mankind for this but it's apparently, from the geographical evidence at your feet, this has been going on as a natural mechanism for hundreds and thousands of years.

      I pity the loss that people are going through but the old axiom of building your house on solid rock or shifting sand from the Bible really does apply here. Sorry and it sounds harsh I know, but not intended to be, if you build your home on the shifting sand in Minot you really have no one to blame but yourselves.

      And, unfortunately, the same thing applies to the folks along the Mississippi, the folks in New Orleans, the folks in Florida that get wiped out by hurricanes, the folks on the eastern seaboard that suffer all of those storms and, last but not lease, the folks who live in Southern California in places like Malibu that have their houses slide into the Pacific or in the Ventura canyons that burn every year and wipe out their houses.

      Why do I bring it up? Because the rest of Americans are paying through the nose for the mistakes that people get themselves into through the no interest loans from the government, that never seem to get paid back, and rising insurance premium costs as the insurance companies spread their losses out to the rest of us to deal with.

      Bottom line, if you get wiped out in one of these places DONT build there again. Move somewhere more safe where you don't deal with these things year after year so we all have to pay for your mistakes.

      Tired of footing the bill for other people's mistakes in life.

      Freeland Dave

      June 22, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Goober Peas

    If you have a per capita crime rate of 5%, and your population is 100,000, then you have 5,000 crimes. If your population is 10,000 you have 500 crimes. Same crime rate, more crimes in larger city than smaller one. If you live in a relatively small population center, you could just as easily have a very high crime rate, since a couple extra criminals in town could bump up the crime rate with only a handflull of additional crimes per criminal. So there IS no reason to automatically equate low crime rates with small population centers.

    June 21, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jazzzzzzzz

    Minot,North Dakota? Doesn't ring a bell.

    June 22, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Rose

      Minot ND is home to the B-52's there on the Air Base.

      June 22, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. Clipper

    Aside from all the speculation on crime, mismanagement of resources and whether it is the faults of Democrats, Republicans, Canadiens or the Corps of Engineers. Truthfully it is none of the above, it truly has been a perfect storm. The Souris has been above flood Stage for three months, they released record amounts all winter from the U.S. Dam...so much there was no Ice despite temps below 0 Farenheit. We raised dikes fought off record Snowfall in some places in Canada 2-3 times normal and Minot was kept on the edge but Dry. Now a rainstorm that dumped 4-7 inches of rain in the Moose Mtns of Canada will turn Minot into a lake for 2 weeks, It was no more preventable than the Tornado in Joplin, it is not related to a state surplus or lack of urbanization. It is what it is, a natural disaster with many people losing all they have . Please check the Black humor and sarcasm at the door.

    June 22, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. jj

    it was the rackoons hee hee

    June 22, 2011 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. ben

    @goober peas: except for the fact that in small communities everyone knows who the trouble makers are and they can be apprehended much more quickly hence lowering the crime rate easier than what can be done in a large community.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. bun

    Ben, smaller communities are not populated by people who are especially gifted. Sure, they know all the gossip about each other. But they have no better way of knowing how long that priest has been molesting their boys than city dwellers do. "Know who the trouble makers are" my azz.

    June 22, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. bun

    And no, I am not picking on Catholic priests. They call themselves good examples. Don't blame me for referring to it. (in just this past week, a policeman and two school teachers were arrested and charged with child molestation in my hometown. Every single day children are molested in American communities both large and small. The child stalkers are usually family members, family friends, or trusted members of the community, not strangers. Just because you know them doesn't mean you know what they've been doing.

    June 22, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. ben

    @bun maybe I should've been more specific, I was referring to crimes such as stealing, murder and drugs-sorry for the misunderstanding.

    June 22, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. August

    For Heaven's Sake....It's only water.....

    June 22, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Holly

      It may be just WATER. Tell that to everyone who has lost everything, and have had their homes ripped from its structure. This is a natural disaster. How would you like it if this happened to your home and you lost everything.

      June 22, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bun

    ben, the same thing can be said of those crimes as well. I grew up in a small town. A boy drowned in the local reservoir so we drained it to recover his body. We found the skeletons of several dozen babies in that reservoir, little tiny baby skulls. That was back when it was still illegal to kill your unborn child. Small towns know who the bad guys are, but they have a nasty habit of keeping it a secret.

    June 22, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. Brenda

    Thank you clipper for bringing to light the true "story"! And, @ August....I hope you never have to experience a flood. Your comment, "it's only water"....tell that to someone who has lost everything to a flood and see the response you get. I'm sorry, but being from ND...I guess maybe i'm more sensitive to what my brothers and sisters are going thru'...or maybe it's just the fact that I've been raised with sense to help and be considerate of others...no matter what. I think all the sarcasm, name calling, and insulting comments on this blog are ridiculous!!!

    June 22, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
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