CLOUDBURST Hibernation weather?
Unless you live in a cave, you're likely well aware that, although it's only early autumn, Old Man Winter has already reared his ugly head for the first time here in the Red River Valley. If the ... Posted on 10/4/12 at 9:15 PM
It’s time for North Dakota and Manitoba to give up re-enacting the Hatfields and McCoys and resolve their disputes over the Devils Lake outlet and the 30-mile dam along the Manitoba border. These differences have lasted so long they are becoming intergenerational.
Manitoba officials estimate Red River flood damage in the province will cost the government more than $40 million
(US $34.5 million).
Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Steve Ashton said Monday that more than 1,000 applications for provincial disaster aid have come in so far. He said buyouts are planned for homeowners north of Winnipeg who live in chronically flooded areas.
It’s true that there’s only a 6 percent chance that Devils Lake will continue to rise until it spills into the Sheyenne River.
It’s also true that the Red River’s great flood of 1997 was identified as somewhere around a 200-year event. In the 12 years since then, Grand Forks residents have spent more than a few springs nervously watching the river rise — including this year, when the city topped parts of the brand-new dike system with several feet of clay, and Fargo coped with a flooding river that exceeded 1997’s rise.
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