US residents flee record floods

Breach of flood defences in North Dakota forces people to evacuate city of Fargo.

    The floodwaters have reached a 112-year high [AFP]

    "It is a horrible human tragedy to watch this," he said.

    Heavy snow

    Heavier-than-average winter snows and spring rains have swollen the river, creating the flood threat which reached other areas of North Dakota and Minnesota.

    Some water was seeping through the ground in several different locations.

    US army engineers have constructed a second dyke behind the breached one.

    People living near the cracked dyke and seepage locations, including a senior's residence, have been evacuated by the emergency services.

    Some of Fargo's roads were closed down due to the riding floodwaters, hampering the emergency response and residents' attempts to leave.

    At about 14 metres the dykes are a 30cm higher than the forecast crest.

    "We're hoping against hope... If the dyke holds and the crest doesn't go over 43 feet [14 metres], I'm okay," Nick Sinner, a Fargo resident, said.

    The Red River is susceptable to flooding because as it flows north to Canada it freezes, pushing water over its low banks and onto the area's large flat landscape.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.