Minot City Crews Remember May 2011 | VideoRich Wisniewski | 5/18/2012
On Friday, KMOT caught up with former Minot Public Works Director Alan Walter to get his reflections about this time last year. June may be the month people remember, but Walter remembers May of last year being just as difficult.
He says city crews were setting up the Emergency Operations Center and directing corps workers to build up the dikes to handle the high water levels which were roughly 1549 feet at the Broadway bridge.
"We were comfortable with everything. We kept the river contained. I mean, we had some issues with storm sewers but we were getting that taken care of. It was a problem but not a big problem. We were fighting it daily and maintaining."
Walter says that the city had five separate battles with the Souris River; four they won, and the last one, of course, they lost. They were the result of the massive rainfall in June from Canada that eventually descended on Minot and other communities.