My working career started at the Minot Daily News in Minot, North Dakota, then moved to KCJB radio and KXMC-TV way back in the early 1960's. I grew up only 55 miles away. I have relatives living in Minot. Now, the city is facing a catastrophic flood. The last major flood was in 1969. The spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers now says the city will face twice that amount of water in the next few days. Much of the city, which lies in a valley formed by the Souris (Mouse) River will apparently be covered with water for about a week. It sounds like the disaster that was New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina slammed into it.
My cousin, only a few months younger than I, has been evacuated from her home. When I spoke to her, she was tearful when we talked about the force and scope of this flood.
It is a terrible, terrible flood and, as many of the news reporters are saying, Minot will be changed forever.
One of my former employers, KXMC-TV, has been broadcasting news reports live and continuously, 24 hours a day. You can find them here. I've been glued to it for most of the past couple of days.
I covered floods as a news reporter in North Dakota. It's hard work and it's not a lot of fun. If you're the type of person who prays, you might add the beleagured residents of Minot to your prayers.