DISASTERS

Fargo School Flooded

The Red River is slowly receding in North Dakota, but not before it breached a dike today in Fargo, sending water gushing into buildings at a school campus. “The campus is basically devastated. They fought the good fight. They lost and there’s nothing wrong with that,” Mayor Dennis Walaker said. “Those things will continue to happen. I guarantee it.” City officials, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Guard unsuccessfully tried to contain the water to one building, but at least managed to prevent it from spreading to nearby areas. The breach, said the city commissioner, occurred at a place where the river is especially fast, and the water was so powerful it shot 3 to 4 feet into the air at times. The water dropped early today to 40.15—more than 22 feet above flood stage—but may fluctuate over the next week.