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North Dakota: Officials Order Mandatory Evacuation of 12,000 Residents Immediately as Flood Waters Rise


By David Bailey – “(Reuters) – The emergency evacuation of one-quarter of Minot, North Dakota, residents was moved up several hours as a quickly rising Souris River threatened to swamp flood defenses, a city spokesman said on Wednesday.

Minot officials had ordered a mandatory evacuation for up to 12,000 residents of the city, North Dakota’s fourth largest, by 6 p.m. on Wednesday, but rising river waters were expected to top some levees by late morning.

‘It’s imminent,’ Dean Lenertz, a Minot Fire Department captain and spokesman, said of the sounding of emergency sirens to start the evacuation.

‘We are trying to patch up as many holes as we can to give people as much time as we possibly can to get them out safely.’

A warning on the Minot city website said the National Guard had identified ‘several areas of concern’ in flood-threatened areas of the city.

‘It is imminent that the flood sirens will be sounding …People should gather the final items that they want to take and evacuate the evacuation zones.'” Read more.

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