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North Dakota braces for ‘historic flood’

March 25, 2009 by  

North Dakota braces for 'historic flood'NGOs are flocking to the area as North Dakota prepares for what may be unprecedented flooding.

The National Weather Service has warned that the Red River may reach record levels after new snowfall following six months of wet weather, according to media reports.

"What makes this snowfall special is the water content it holds," said Adnan Akyuz, assistant professor of meteorology at North Dakota State University in Fargo, quoted by Bloomberg.

"The wind is blowing 10 to 12 miles an hour, and that’s enough to create drifts up to four feet," he adds.

Meanwhile, the American Red Cross has been getting ready for what could be a long disaster relief operation.

Volunteer teams have been preparing shelters, healthcare and mental health counseling. Neighboring chapters are also sending cots and blankets to help supply those shelters.

According to disaster expert Amanda Ripley, quoted by UK’s Daily Record, people in areas affected by flooding should get to high ground as quickly as possible without stopping for belongings.

They should make sure they get out of their cars before the doors become stuck, unless they are in moving water or do not know how deep it is. In that case, they should wait for help.

It is dangerous to walk in moving water as fast currents can knock a person over.

If swept away, a person should not fight the current but rather swim on their back, feet first, keeping feet up to avoid debris or obstacles.
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