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ND, MN see flood damage

Some towns in North Dakota and Minnesota are mopping up after flooding Tuesday morning, while others are facing new flood threats as more rain comes.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | June 8, 2005

Some towns in North Dakota and Minnesota are mopping up after flooding Tuesday morning, while others are facing new flood threats as more rain comes.

In Wahpeton, N.D., and Breckenridge, Minn., some residents were caught off-guard by rapidly rising basement flooding after up to five inches of rain fell in the area. Storm sewers couldn’t handle the inundation. Several residents lost vehicles as well.

Organizations from the North Dakota Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster coalition were meeting and discussing how to meet needs, according to Rick Robinson, spokesperson for the North Dakota Division of Emergency Management. The Salvation Army and American Red Cross were responding to emergency needs by providing cleanup kits and shelter.

“The National Weather Service is calling for significant rain every other day for the next seven days,” said Robinson. “We have wet soil, full ditches and high water tables,” he said, “and that increases the threat of flash flooding.”

Some area farmers have had to delay planting crops because of the heavy rain. The North Dakota State University Extension Agent estimated two percent crop drowning.

Several rivers were near flood stage.

Ward County, in North Dakota, received 200 reports of residential damage, ranging from minor basement flooding to destroyed homes. In Bottineau County, 22 homes were affected by flooding along the Souris River.

South Dakota has seen storm damage as well, mainly in the form of high winds that downed power lines.


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