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Flooding forces evacuation of 1,300 in ND town

Flooding forces evacuation of 1,300 in ND town
5/22/13
http://news.yahoo.com/flooding-fo...tion-1-300-nd-town-132422094.html

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A dam that threatened to give way and flood a North Dakota town was holding back the water on Wednesday, though the 1,300 residents of Cavalier were still being told to stay away from their homes.

Steady rainfall between Friday and Tuesday dumped about 9 inches of rain on parts of Pembina County, swelling creeks and rivers and sending water flowing across the countryside from west to east in the east-sloping county. The small town of Crystal flooded Tuesday, forcing a few residents from their homes, and people in Cavalier about 85 miles north of Grand Forks were told to evacuate Tuesday night as a precaution should the Renwick Dam about six miles west of town on the Tongue River be overwhelmed.

The evacuations included two or three patients at a hospital and 63 people in a nursing home and assisted living center, county Emergency Manager Andrew Kirking said. They were taken either to care facilities in surrounding communities or to the homes of relatives.

Local, state and federal officials built an emergency levee with the help of the National Guard on Tuesday to try to prevent floodwaters from eroding the emergency spillway at the earth-and-concrete Renwick Dam. The levee was being reinforced and monitored Wednesday as the area enjoyed sunshine instead of rain clouds for the first time in five days, Kirking said.

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More flooding concerns along Midwestern rivers
6/26/13
http://news.yahoo.com/more-floodi...-midwestern-rivers-191205408.html

ST. LOUIS (AP) Midwestern rivers, including the Mississippi, are rising again after yet another round of heavy rain, forcing some flood-weary towns to prepare for their third significant flood since April.

Parts of North Dakota got up to 8 inches of rain Tuesday night through Wednesday morning, parts of Iowa got 7 inches of rain, and other states from Wisconsin to Missouri were soaked as well.

The National Weather Service is projecting that the Mississippi will reach well above flood stage from Iowa south to about St. Louis.

"It does get old," said Chris Sullivan, police chief in the scenic 700-resident tourist town of Grafton, Ill., near St. Louis. "There's really nothing you can do, and we're hoping it doesn't come anywhere near what it has in the past."

The Mississippi crested, or reached its highest peak, at 11 feet above flood stage at Grafton on April 25. Flood stage is the level at which a body of water is high enough to cause flooding. The Mississippi crested again June 4, this time 13 feet over its banks the fourth-worst flood in the town's history.

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