Water tops Minot, N.D., dikes as residents seem resigned to major flooding
Minot's Troy Erickson and his neighbors have built a dike around their homes and plan to ride out the flood, he says.
June 22nd, 2011
02:25 PM ET

Water tops Minot, N.D., dikes as residents seem resigned to major flooding

[Updated at 2:25 p.m. ET] Sirens were sounding Wednesday in Minot, North Dakota, urging residents to evacuate in the face of major flooding.

The sirens came on the heels of news that water had begun flowing over the city's dikes, which are leaking in some places.

[Posted at 1:52 p.m. ET] Residents in Minot, North Dakota, appear resigned to face major flooding as water has now begun flowing over the city's dikes, which are leaking in some places.

Mayor Curt Zimbelman told a local radio station at about 11 a.m. local time (noon ET) that he expects the evacuation alarms to sound within the hour. There are roughly 12,000 people in the evacuation zone in and around Minot.

Residents in the community have been given until Wednesday evening to evacuate because of what state Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong called "historic proportions of water." There are also concerns that the Souris River may be rising more rapidly than expected, Fong said.

The National Weather Service predicted record flooding as heavy area rains and dam releases cause the river to swell at Minot.

The Souris River, which locals call "The Mouse" after the French translation, flows through the center of town, and there are several homes and businesses along its low-lying banks.

Fearing the main levees won't hold back the waters, emergency workers have begun constructing local levees around a school and the Broadway Street bridge, a main thoroughfare in town.

Residents appear to be heeding evacuation warnings. In a sign that they're taking the flooding seriously, some residents are pulling up carpets because it will be easier to remove now than it will be after their homes are inundated with water.

Troy Erickson, 44, a lifelong North Dakota resident who has lived in Minot since 1995, lives across the street from the perimeter of the evacuation zone and said he plans to ride out the storm.

His neighbor has a bucket loader, and they have distributed several loads of sand and gravel around four houses, which are home to 13 people, he said. They have "lowered a couple hundred sandbags" on top of the mixture, he said.

"We've got more sandbags coming to have just in case we need to build it higher," Erickson said. "It if happens, it happens."

He said he's "a little bit" frightened because he's never been in this situation before, though he was a toddler during the flood of 1969.

soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    How do the guys feel about it?

    June 22, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jimmy

    so we have another disaster that the ignorer in chief will put on the back burner and not pay any attention to...
    nothing to see here folks... move along.. move along.

    June 22, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • RichieP

      Obozo should be down there RIGHT NOW fixing this. But what is he doing? Fixin' to give some speech about some stupid war in Arabland or something. Who the hell cares? That's on the other side of the world! It's not our problem. Obamer better get down there to that little town in Idaho or wherever IMMEIDATELY or get IMPEACHED!!
      It's time to take back our country back today!!!!

      June 22, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Holy hell richie youre a moron

      June 22, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      actually both of you sound like uneducated clueless morons...im guessing you guys didnt take any govt classes beyond 8th grade huh...great arguments though...flipping clowns

      June 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Koch

      Dave, to be edumacated you need to un'erstan' that sentances begin with a CAPITAL letter as well as when refering to the first person (" I'm" is the edumacated way to type it!) Oh, by the way...there are things in writing, keyboarding, typing and penmaship called PUNCTUATION MARKS. Learn it live it love it. You sad excuse for an edumacated human being.

      June 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Koch

      Oh Dave, sorry I forgot to explain about contractions...the educamated way to contract government would be gov't. Keep at it young man, some day you will earn your GED.

      June 22, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bob

    Everyone else is still sandbagging. Only the lesbian women have given up.

    June 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Evelyn McGalligan

    Unless your reporter comes from over the pond, the spelling is "dike."

    June 22, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eliott C. McLaughlin

      Good call, Evelyn. No need for us to use the British spelling. We've swapped it out. Thanks for reading!

      June 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. In the Midwest

    Finally some midwest flood coverage... The Missouri River is flooding from North Dakota to Missouri with record outflows from all of the dams expected to last through mid-August. Many areas are already evacuated and sections of the interstate closed due to levee breaches and overtopping. To date, CNN appears to not even notice or care more about the extensive, ongoing destruction.

    June 22, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      If I had to guess it would be becaues it seems like an annual event. How many times has the river flooded in the last 20 years? My guess is at least 20 times...

      June 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • CK

      JT: it actually hasn't flooded since the 70s and hasn't been this high since the 1800s, nice try thou!

      June 22, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. HTS

    I guess this is all George W. Bush's fault. If only we had elected Al Gore in 2000! He would have put an end to global warming and everyone would be rich and happy.

    June 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chip

    We need to realize that all of this stuff is Bush's fault. When he had umeployement at less than 5%, we should have realized he was up to something. Now we know.

    June 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tom

    Amazing how quickly idiots will post idiotic comments. (Pointing my finger at Jimmy and Bob.)

    June 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      You forgot Chip and HTS.

      June 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua

    These rivers that keep flooding... Mississippi, Missouri, etc. etc... would it be possible to fill them in with concrete and asphault?

    June 22, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. slangwhoflora

    the weather and nature has been going out of control lately.

    June 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JOE

    All that flooding is due to this country's atrocities against the Native American Indians such as stealing their land and putting them on reservations. The second reasons for your troubles is because you people up north never vote Democrat. Yes, its good to have your sins washed away. Then maybe you people could change your racist and bigoted ways.

    June 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • NDOccupant

      Just throwin it out there chief... We have a lot of Native Americans in Minot and Bismarck. The rivers are not prejudice. They do not care if your Black, White, ...whatever. It does not matter if you have a $500,000 house right on the banks here in Bismarck, or a $5,000 trailor. The water sees no difference... how your comment is even relavant is beyond me!

      June 22, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • NDgirl

      WOW, so now all Native Americans live in Trailers? I don't I live in a middle-class NICE home ON the reservation. And Although I appreciate your support JOE they are right, the river is not prejudice, we're all flooding out just like the rest of them. However, you CAN believe we will not be receiving the help THEY are! But we will remain
      vigilant in this fight against mother nature and regardless of color, i'm still helping anybody, of any color, any way I possibly can in hopes they too will do the same.

      June 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cary

    Levees are failing at this moment. People must leave now. Water is over flowing at this moment.

    June 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jayhawker

    ^Is this guy serious?

    June 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chelsea

      Yes, this guy is absolutely serious. Sirens are sounding NOW.

      June 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chelsea

    According to the breaking news on the weather channel, sirens have begun sounding in Minot, meaning that residents in the evac zone must leave NOW. http:/ http://www.facebook.com/TheWeatherChannel

    June 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Read more about those spellings.
    "Dike it out," for instance (to remove).
    I have always spelled that word with a "y," but then I've worked a lot in England. I learned the "y" spelling in America.
    It's like the older use of "an" before a word beginning with an "h" before our pronunciation became so hard.

    June 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
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