Flooding Update – North Dakota, Minnesota, Manitoba

Saturday Mar. 28th, 2009  Updates Red River Flooding

Lockport bridge, n. of Winnepeg, by Amanda Medwid

Lockport Bridge, north of Winnipeg, by Amanda Medwid

We’re concerned about the possibilities of more evacuations for our neighbors in North Dakota and Minnesota and watching updates for the flood conditions in the Winnipeg, Manitoba areas of the Red River basin – hit by the worst flood levels in many years. Project417 is on alert to be notified of volunteer requirments by the Canadian Salvation Army Emergency and Disaster Services.

North Dakota and the Fargo area are the worst hit so far, but colder weather has slowed the river’s rise with cresting expected Sunday March 29th. It is the widespead ice jams on the Red River and many others including the Missouri River and other tributaries causing the worst flooding. Volunteers throughout the area are tirelessly sandbagging to fight the rising waters. President Barack Obama has officially declared the area a disaster zone. Review the following links for news updates.

North Dakota declared disaster zone amid flooding

Manitoba Rouseau River First Nation flood evacuation

North Dakota Braces for record flood waters

Cold temperature  slowing rise of Red River, North Dakota, Minnesota

Canadian Military on standby to battle Manitoba flooding

From the archives – Red River Rising: Manitoba Flood history

FLOOD liaison office – Manitoba red River valley:

200 Saulteaux Cres. in Winnipeg: 204-945-2354
available to provide information to residents of the Red River Valley, including details on existing flood protection levels, current forecasted flood levels and the status of community ring-dike closures. The offices will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. until the current flood risk is over.

I’ll be posting more updates as they come in and ways people can help those affected by the floods and evacuations.

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