posted on Jun, 24 2011 @ 05:47 PM
Minot flood now officially a record ..
"MINOT -- North Dakota's congressional delegation offered words of praise and some hope on Friday to the state's fourth-largest city, stricken by
an epic flood that's now officially the biggest flood that it's ever seen."
"The biggest flood Minot has seen up to this point was in 1881, when the Souris River was at 1,558 feet above sea level, where the National Weather
Service's Broadway bridge gauge is now. At 11 a.m. Friday, the gauge read 1,558 feet. At 11:30 a.m., it read 1,558.3 feet."
"The weather service is projecting the river will crest at 1,563.6 feet at 1 a.m. Sunday, about a foot lower than earlier projections."
"Earlier in the day, the delegation along with Mayor Curt Zimbelman took an aerial tour of the flooding. In some areas, according to the mayor, all
that's visible are the rooftops of homes."
"It's really tough to see," said Hoeven, who is originally from Minot. "I see homes of people I've known since I was a little kid, places that
I've been many many times in the city and outside the city -- and now they're underwater."
"We fought these floods, we fought them in '69, we fought them in '73, in '76. So now to see these homes in the water, it's really tough. Your
heart goes out to all these great people."