Fargo officials to raise dikes as river rises
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Concerns are rising with the water in North Dakota, where the Red River is expected to crest at a record 41
feet by Saturday.
Officials are readying evacuation plans, renewing a call for more volunteers, and vowing to build the dikes a foot higher than
planned in an effort to hold back the water.
To the west, officials in Bismarck are battling ice jams in the Missouri River. Demolition crews blasted chunks of ice Wednesday in a bid to open a channel, like pulling out a giant plug. Officials
plan two more rounds of explosives.
Bismarck Mayor John Warford says officials are "cautiously optimistic."
Water backing up behind the dam of ice blocks already has forced the evacuation of about 1,700 people from low-lying areas.
President Barack Obama has declared the entire state of North Dakota a disaster area in response to widespread flooding.