Red River Causes Evacuations
The Red River has surpassed its highest level in history on Friday, and is expected to continue to rise, according to a New York Times report.
The flooding has now caused emergency evacuations in both neighboring cities of Fargo, N.D. and Moorhead, Minn.
Forecasters believe the Red River will rise to over 2 feet of the record set more than 100 years ago, according to the Times.
The mayor of Fargo urged the dikes of sandbags to be built one foot higher on Friday night. Sandbagging efforts have been taking place all week in attempt to stop the water from devastating neighborhoods.
According to the Times, once the river crests on Saturday it is expected to remain at the high levels for a few days, causing an even greater challenge for dikes that may not be able to withstand that length of time.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the river was at 40.4 at 7:15 a.m. Friday morning, passing the previous record of 40.1 feet in 1897.
The Tribune also reports that as many fled their homes, volunteers from the Fargo/Moorhead area stayed and worked through the night filling sandbags in the Fargodome.
Moorhead has also announced an evacuation for all residents living in the core of the city, according to the Tribune.