March 27th, 2009
09:51 PM ET

Evening Buzz: River Rising, Massive Flood Threat

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/weather/03/27/north.dakota.flooding/art.sandbags.cnn.jpg caption="Volunteers at Fargo city facility continue to fill and stack sandbags Friday."]

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

The next 24 hours will be crucial for Fargo, North Dakota and parts of Minnesota. Thousands of people have fled their homes due to the surging Red River. There could be some serious flooding. At this hour, the river is nearly 22 feet about flood stage and about a foot above the previous record of 40.1 feet, set in 1897.

CNN Meteorologist Reynolds Wolf is in Fargo tonight. We'll check in with him for the latest.

U.S. military forces and equipment, including 15 helicopters, are headed to the area. Already some 1,700 National Guardsmen have been inspecting sections of the dikes.

Thousands of volunteers are also preparing for the possible worst. They've filled at least three million sandbags.

Already across the Red River from Fargo, some homes have been destroyed by flooding in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Join us for this story plus the latest on the drug war in Mexico. Anderson will be reporting tonight again from the U.S.-Mexico border.

See you at 10pm ET.

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soundoff (One Response)
  1. Michael "C" Lorton, VA

    This is a chronic repetition that happens every year-–either build leeves to contain the water--or relocate--and if Fargo is waiting for the Government to provide assistance--–ask the individuals who survived Katrina-–the best our government will do is to declare it a diaster area-–just like they did last time-–and all will qualify for low interest loans--it is going to happen again, again and again.

    March 30, 2009 at 9:21 am |