Wednesday, June 22, 2011

FLOOD IN MINOT

I am watching live streaming coverage of the major flooding that is hitting Minot, North Dakota right now. Over 10,000 people have been ordered to get out right now. They are having press conferences down there talking about disaster assistance.From the looks of it, basically the entire middle of the city is going to be flooded, right where the river is. What a sad scene.

I am very familiar with Minot due to numerous trips across the border to the place. It is "the" most popular cross-border shopping destination for folks living in Saskatchewan, and unlike a lot of places in the USA it looks like a fairly safe and friendly place. They really deserve better down there, but then again, this isn't the first time Minot or even North Dakota has had to deal with floods.

Folks in southeast Saskatchewan have had to deal with flooding, too, and worse yet, the crop insurance people have walked out on strike right in the middle of our own floods. I hope to ask Premier Brad Wall some flood-related questions tomorrow night at a dinner in Meadow Lake that I plan to cover -- assuming he's there. I wonder whether all this other flood-and-strike nonsense will tie him up and scuttle his whole northwest trip.

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