A report on the 2011 floods


It’s rare in today’s media-soaked world for things to be understated. Small, even trivial, events are sensationalized, framed as epic, over the top, bigger than life. But for the floods of 2011, it might be the opposite: Too widespread, torrential and destructive to overstate their imprint across the Ninth District.

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River basins in the Ninth District

Detail of river basins and flood facts in the Ninth District

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Disaster assistance to Ninth District counties

Compare FEMA’s tiered aid across the District

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When disaster strikes, FEMA has tiered aid programs that reimburse local governments and residents for expenses related to flood prevention and cleanup. Disasters are declared at the county level and officially made by the president of the United States in consultation with FEMA. The first level of disaster aid is called public assistance and is declared where flood-related costs and damage to public property exceeds FEMAdefined thresholds. Reimbursements go only to local governments. Individual assistance is disaster aid for homeowners and businesses, and damage thresholds are considerably higher. Where designated, homeowners become eligible for grant assistance that tops out at about $30,000; businesses are eligible only for low-interest loans through the Small Business Administration.

October 2011 fedgazette

A report on the 2011 floods

Complete issue

All Flood-related Articles

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The other, silent flood, fedgazette, January 25, 2012

Closed-basin regions are struggling with high water levels and no drain plug

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A flood of floods, fedgazette, October 14, 2011

Floods are common in the district, but the floods of 2011 were anything but typical

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After the flood, fedgazette, October 14, 2011

The floods of 2011 will leave financial and other marks on district communities

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Amid the flood: Heartache, hard work and hope, fedgazette, October 14, 2011

Homeowners battle the rising water

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A long tall slap of water, fedgazette, October 14, 2011

The breadth of flooding is only one of its noteworthy dimensions. Just as remarkable is its collective depth and duration.

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Minot: Reeling but resilient, fedgazette, October 14, 2011

Roughly 4,100 homes and businesses were inundated, most of them catastrophically

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A seeping feeling, fedgazette, October 14, 2011

The Red River rises (again, and again), fedgazette Roundup, August 31, 2011

The quirks of flooding, and flood insurance, fedgazette Roundup, July 8, 2011

A wealth of flooding, fedgazette Roundup, June 8, 2011


Stream data map

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The stream data map uses Google Public
Data beta for visualizing peak flood height, duration of flood between April 1 and July 31, and day of the highest peak for each flood station in Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana.

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Photos from District Flood sites

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