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The Bank of North Dakota is rolling out a disaster assistance loan program for farmers and homeowners affected by ice jam flooding on the Yellowstone River in northwest North Dakota.

Bank president Eric Hardmeyer said a number of homes and farms suffered damage, including damage to farm machinery.

"This thing came up so quickly, farmers were not able to move equipment around," Hardmeyer said." So a lot of significant damage has been done."

Cavalier hospital evacuated

May 22, 2013

The hospital in Cavalier closed last night at 7pm following mandatory evacuation orders from Pembina County Emergency Management.  Patients have been moved to First Care Health Center in Park River.  Prairie Public's Danielle Webster has the story...

Cavalier evacuated due to concerns about dam

May 22, 2013

The city of Cavalier is a virtual ghost town this morning.

As Prairie Public’s Todd McDonald reports, the city was evacuated last night because of worries that – due to all the rain in the area -- a dam might fail.

House: No funding for Fargo diversion

Feb 27, 2013

The House has decided that no money should be spent on the Fargo Red River Diversion project – until federal funding is assured, and there is a consensus about what the project will finally look like.

The House amended the water commission’s budget so that no money can be spent on property acquisition or ring dikes in the area south of Fargo that will be affected by the diversion.

Heitkamp: Fargo diversion "a priority"

Nov 27, 2012

Senator-elect Heidi Heitkamp says she believes a strong case can be made for federal funding of the Red River diversion project.

Heitkamp says she agrees with holding federal spending down – and spending only on demonstrated need – but she says the project meets that test.

"Certainly, protecting Fargo is a huge need this region has," said Heitkamp. "I think it will pay huge dividends in return, in part, because every time we have these seasonal floods, millions of dollars get spent fighting the flood, as opposed to preventing the damage."

The state Water Commission has approved state money for two dredging projects on the Missouri River in the Bismarck-Mandan area.

The flood of 2011 changed the river, depositing a lot of silt and creating new sandbars. Water Commission staffer Bruce Engelhardt says one of the projects will be the dredging of the area around the Bismarck storm sewer outfall.

AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps is in Minot to help restore areas affected by the 2011 flood.

AmeriCorps NCCC is comprised of a 10-person team.

“We’re really glad to be able to help with the flood recovery effort,” AmeriCorps member Emma Mills said. “We are happy to be in more of an urban area.”

The team is working to clean up efforts for flood victims. 

Tolna Coulee control structure dedicated

Jul 20, 2012
D. Webster / Prairie Public

Officials from the Army Corps of Engineers were on site at the Tolna Coulee near Devils Lake to commemorate the completion of a flood control structure there.  Prairie Public’s Danielle Webster has the story.

Bismarck's Dakota Zoo recovers from 2011 flood

Jul 17, 2012

After last year’s summer of flooding, Bismarck’s Dakota Zoo is operating with updates and plenty of attendance.

“Compared to last summer everything is going much better this year. We are not dealing with ground water, flood issues, and movement of animals,” assistant zoo director Rod Fried said.

The zoo was closed for six weeks last summer. It reopened early July 2011. Since then, it has been open year around.

“We got a little bit behind on some the maintenance issues,” Fried said. “It was too wet to work in.”

Minot flood recovery: Progress, but more to do

Jun 25, 2012

As Minot marks the first anniversary of the record Souris River flood, state and local officials say while the city – and the whole Souris Valley– has made great progress, there’s a lot more to do. The story from Prairie Public's Dave Thompson.

A FEMA official who was in Minot for the 2011 flood says he remembers being in Minot the day before the sirens blew – telling 12-thousand people they needed to evacuate.