Minot, North Dakota flooding information #minotflood

Updated again 10:00 a.m. ET, Friday, June 24, 2011

Updated throughout at 9:00pm Eastern Time, June 22, 2011

How many people are affected by the flooding?

12,000 people are in the evacuation zone anticipating an alert for immediate evacuation on June 22, 2011 (Reuters). Evacuations started June 1. The population of Minot is about 40,000.

Among the organizations affected by the flood is the Minot Air Force Base, which has opened a 24×7 emergency center to assist military families (MAFB). About 1,000 military personnel with homes in Minot have been displaced by the flood (Minot Daily News).

Flood damages are estimated at more than $90 million, according to a Minnesota Public Radio report.

Where can I tune in for current information?

Otis and James Photography is blogging details and resources about the 2011 Minot flood. It’s the best local ongoing blogging chronology I’ve seen, and is a source for several links here, as well as for this map.

The Facebook page of KX News Minot has real time questions and answers coming in from people in the affected area. Their live television stream is available on Facebook. (KX News Live) and in this embedded UStream.

Streaming .TV shows by Ustream

The Twitter hash tag #minotflood is tracking current news and information. Among the frequent and accurate contributors is some time radio host Rob Port (@robport) in Minot.

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The City of Minot web site has current, up to date, official information, including a current evacuation map (PDF).

A scanner is tuned in to Minot police, sherriff, and emergency services (Radio Reference).

Local news coverage comes from KFYR-TV in Bismarck, ND, KMOT-TV in Minot, the Minot Daily News, and national news services. Minnesota Public Radio has a report on regional flood impacts.

Where I can go for current weather information?

Weather and flood alerts come through the National Weather Service in Bismarck, which has a full page of detailed river level forecasts for the Souris and Des Lacs river basins.

Meteorologist Jeff Masters from Weather Underground has a discussion of the current flood state noting that heavy rains in Saskatchewan combined with rain and snow melt in North Dakota are responsible for the flooding.

What maps describe the flood risk?

Ward County, North Dakota has a page of flood maps showing detailed forecasts for inundation along a variety of river conditions.

What is the impact on transportation?

Amtrak has suspended the Empire Builder service from St. Paul, MN to Havre, MT because of the flooding in Minot. (Minot Daily News)

Amtrak trains run over BNSF lines in the Minot area.  The BNSF weather interruptions page details track and subdivision outages along the entire system.

When was the last enormous flood in Minot?

The 1969 Minot flood submerged the city for 40 days. This flood is expecte to crest even higher.

A Google News search for Minot flood history uncovers spikes in 1969 and 1976.

Very little is readily known about the 1881 Minot flood, which occurred before the area was densely settled. Joseph Gavett’s book Minot, the Magic City has an account of this and other Minot area floods over time.

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