This morning the rain and winds made the dike in So Pembina dangerous to walk so patrols were suspended for the day. Tomorrow morning the situation will be reassessed. If conditions improve some volunteers will cross to So Pembina and add more sandbags to the low spots on the dike. Anyone wanting to volunteer should be at the Command Center by 4:00 p.m.
The community meeting this evening was well attended. The committee gave the public an update on the flood work and answered questions. The National Weather Service has warned that the high water will be with us for an extended period of time. The committee thanked all the volunteers who have been helping walk dikes, man the phone, and work in the kitchen and asked everyone to keep on pitching in until the waters go down again. In the above picture people are checking out the volunteer sign up sheets after the meeting. If anyone has questions not answered at the meeting please call the Command Center at 825-6326 or call the City Office.
The water has coming up rapidly at Walhalla and Neche in the last day or so. I think I mentioned before that Highway 55 between Pembina and Neche is closed. There is also water running across the road just north of Humboldt.
One last tidbit. The fire siren (up and down tones) will be used for fires and to call for sandbaggers. The emergency tone (high extended tone) would indicate a breech in the dike and the need to evacuate. We pray we never hear that one!