On Wednesday President Obama declared a major disaster exists in the entire state of North Dakota, due to severe storms and flooding of the Red River. Yesterday the President declared an emergency exists in seven Minnesota counties to the east of the Red River as well.
Melting snow and heavy rains have caused the river to rise to record levels. Current projections are that the river could crest as high as 20 feet above flood level by Saturday, and water levels could remain high for many days.
Sandbagging operations in Fargo, North Dakota have continued non-stop throughout the week in subfreezing temperatures. City officials reported that about 3 million sandbags have been filled, but more volunteers are still needed. The American Red Cross is sending disaster workers into North Dakota and Minnesota to staff shelters that will be needed in the event of evacuations.
Despite the challenges, we've seen time and again that when ordinary people act together, they can make a difference.
Learn how you can help support the Red River disaster relief efforts.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by the floods.
Learn more what you can do to help at RedCross.org.