Environment: Waiting for the Mouse

Floods are no stranger to Minot, N. Dak., a city of 35,000 on the Souris River. The community has been flooded three times this century. Last week residents prepared for yet another inundation.

As bulldozers hired by the Army Corps of Engineers put the finishing touches on some 50 miles of dikes, residents of the flood plain began moving their belongings out of their homes and storing them in the town auditorium and armory; the buildings soon resembled Sears Roebuck warehouses, cluttered with furniture, refrigerators, washing machines and television sets. The 12,000 evacuated from their homes settled down for what could be...

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