The Souris River is slowly retreating in Minot, N.D., where the river peaked early Sunday at levels not seen in more than a century. About 4,000 homes are flooded and a quarter of the town’s 40,000 residents are displaced.
There is a constant stream of dump trucks crossing the main bridge in downtown Minot. Construction crews continue to build, fill and shore up levees aimed at keeping what’s left of the town dry.
The city’s records date back to the late 1800s, and they show there’s never been this much water coming through town (NPR).
About a quarter of the city’s 41,000 residents have been displaced by flooding, and the American Red Cross typically expects about 10 percent of evacuees will need its shelters. Yet shelters here report only about 330 evacuees, leading many to believe that the rest have found refuge with friends and families near and far. (Grand Forks Herald)