Big effort to save tiny North Dakota town
KATHRYN, N.D. (AP) - One-ton sandbags are being dropped from helicopters on a dam near Kathryn, North Dakota, in hopes of keeping it intact.
The flood threat across much of the state has forced the town's roughly 55 residents to flee. Fire chief Paul Fisher says if three
culverts outside of Kathryn were to break, he'd make one more sweep
through town and get out of there.
To the north, Valley City, North Dakota, is also on watch.
Almost half of the 7,000 residents have been urged to leave, as the
Army Corps of Engineers tries to balance inflows and outflows from
a dam upstream.
An official with the U.S. Geological Survey says the flood risk to Valley City could last a month.