HER ONCE-DRY FARMYARD
National attention has been focused on the imminent flooding in Fargo, but for the first time since Garrison Dam was built in the 1950s, the southwest part of the city of Bismarck is being flooded by the Missouri River. People living in the Southport and Fox Island areas were evacuated yesterday.
Also for the first time ever, the US Army Corps of Engineers has completely cut the flow of water from the Garrison Dam, upstream from Bismarck. However, the results will not be noticed in Bismarck for another two days.
About an hour ago this morning, a huge ice jam at Double Ditch north of Bismarck broke, which is not good news. Authorities had hoped that the jam would not break until they could blast another jam further south with dynamite. Conditions were not good for inspecting the situation by air earlier this morning, but now a Black Hawk helicopter is patrolling the river. (We can see the river from our office building.)
Don't worry about me - both my work and my home are high and dry and safe. I'll keep you informed with another post and more photos this evening.