Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes, amid rising flood waters in America’s Midwest.
The Red River has surged to its highest level in more than a century and it is feared the worst is yet to come. President Barack Obama has signed emergency and disaster declarations for North Dakota and Minnesota. The area around Fargo is on high alert. “We have put up everything we care about, photographs, paintings, things that we can’t replace,” said Fargo resident Janeen Kobrinsky. “We have not had a moving van in to empty us out, but the other stuff is just stuff, it is just furniture and we can always replace it. So, if need be, yes, we are ready to walk away” The river is prone to flooding, with water freezing as it moves north into Canada. Its banks are not high and flood waters can spread out huge distances over the flat landscape. Despite bitter temperatures, thousands of volunteers have joined official relief efforts, in a desperate bid to keep the rising waters at bay.