Neche's preparing for a huge increase on the level of the Pembina River
this weekend and into next week.
The prediction is the Pembina River at Neche will reach 21-feet next
Tuesday. That's one-half foot over major flood stage.
Mayor Lee Beattie(BEE-dee) says they're dealing with it. Beattie
says dirt's stockpiled at the entrances into town. Sandbagging is occurring.
They've opened some areas to get some dirt in a hurry, if necessary.
The National Weather Service expects the Pembina River to rise
four-feet per day to get to 21-feet next Tuesday.
Beattie says this is a quick up and down for now. Beattie says by
Thursday, the Pembina River at Neche is expected to drop to minor flood stage,
about 19-feet. So this spike is going to last a couple days or so. But he mentions
"before the real water hits." He's thinking about all the snow yet to melt and flow
down the Pembina River from southern Manitoba and western Pembina County.
Beattie says if the Pembina River flood stage hits 21-feet and no more,
that's do-able. Beattie says this level is comparable to 2011, 2009, 2008 and other
floods. He says there's still a fair amount of snow to melt north and west of
Walhalla and into southern Manitoba. So Beattie expects more water to flow
down the Pembina River after this spike over the weekend and into next week.
The concern is how long will the Pembina River stay at major flood stage.
Floodwater could saturate the dikes if the Pembina River stays at major flood
stage for a week or two, or more.