While Texas suffers from the worst drought in years (see Visnews production 3925/71), an emergency of another kind is threatening the northern Central Plains States--flooding.
GV & SV Men building levees with sandbags
GV Customs sign at North Dakota border surrounded by flood water (2 shots)
GV Inspectors check river levels (2 shots)
GV Army bulldozer building levee near water.
GV PAN Homes
SV PAN People pumping water
GV Flood waters over road.
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Background: While Texas suffers from the worst drought in years (see Visnews production 3925/71), an emergency of another kind is threatening the northern Central Plains States--flooding.
Flood conditions have been anticipated there of several weeks, but as this film of the River Pembina in North Dakota shows, the height of the floodwater threatens to overwhelm the levees (embankments) despite urgent measures to raise them.
SYNOPSIS: While Texas is suffering the worst drought in years, the north Central Plains of the United States are threatened with an emergency of a different kind--flooding. The Pembina River flows into North Dakota from Canada, and improved flood control north of the border has increased the flow of water to the south, where the banks are not so high.
Army engineers have rushed heavy equipment to the scene, but there is still doubt whether they can save North Dakota from what could be the worst flood disaster for 20 years.
One of the places most at risk is the farming community at Neche. This week some of its best land was already under water. The river banks stand higher than the town. If they break, Neche could disappear under nine feet (three metres) of water.