North Dakota Braces for Record Floods

    A neighborhood is submerged by flood water from the Souris River Thursday, June 23, 2011 in Minot, N.D.  Officials in North Dakota's fourth-largest city said Thursday they had done all they could to protect critical infrastructure from the rising Souris River as it headed toward a record flood.

    Christian Randolph, The Grand Forks Herald / AP Photo

    Things are about to go from bad to worse for residents of North Dakota. Even with the Souris River already set to break a flooding record this year, the Army Corps of Engineers says the waters will get even higher. Residents are upset about the latest revision, predicting that the crest of the flood will be about 9.5 feet higher than previously forecast, leaving Minot and other towns little time to prepare dikes and sandbags for a larger deluge. The Corps said they have no options for mitigating the rising water: upstream reservoirs are already at capacity. Officials ordered that some areas be evacuated Wednesday, displacing 11,000 people.

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